Catholics in the Military: Lieutenant Augustine F. Hewit, U.S.A. (1857-1882)

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Lieut. Augustine F. Hewit, of the United States Army, died on Saturday in San Antonio, Texas, under peculiary sad circumstances. The deceased  was a Lieutenant of the Twenty-second Infantry, stationed at San Antonio,  and was 25 years of age. He was born in Connecticut, and was appointed  a Cadet in the West Point Academy by [Read More...]

Remembering the Fallen: Lt. Robert P. Mathias, D-Day, June 6, 1944

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In his outstanding history of D-Day, Stephen Ambrose describes the conditions that Second Lieutenant Robert Mathias and the men of Company E, 508th Parachute Infantry, he faced as they parachuted over France:                                                            The Germans were below were firing furiously at the armada of 822 C-47’s carrying the 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions into battle. Flakvierling-38s (20mm [Read More...]

Roads to Rome: U.S. Army Officer Enters the Church, 1909

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Georginia Pell Curtis’s 1909 anthology Some Roads to Rome offers a series of first-hand accounts of Catholic converts. The following is the story of an unidentified U.S. Army officer who embraced Catholicism. His account of going to Confession during the Philippine War is quite interesting, and sheds some light on the real universality of the [Read More...]


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