Chaplains Hill and Monuments
Chaplains from four wars rest on Chaplains Hill in Section 2 of Arlington National Cemetery. Those buried here include: the Army's first Chief of Chaplains, Col. John T. Axton of World War I; World War II's Chief of Chaplains, Maj. Gen. William R. Arnold, who was the first chaplain to make general; and Maj. Charles Joseph Watters who served in Vietnam and was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions Nov. 19, 1967. Unarmed, Watters was rendering aid to fallen comrades, disregarding his own safety when he was killed by a bomb explosion.
On May 5, 1926, chaplains who served in World War I dedicated the Chaplains Monument to 23 chaplains who died in that war. Two quotations are inscribed on the cenotaph: "Greater Love Hath No Man Than This, That A Man Lay Down His Life For His Friends," "To You From Falling Hands We Throw The Torch - Be Yours To Hold It High."
A memorial to 134 Protestant chaplains who died in World Wars I and II was dedicated on Oct. 26, 1981, and includes the quotation "To The Glory of God And The Memory Of The Chaplains Who Died In Services Of Their Country."
A monument to 83 Catholic chaplains who died in World War II, the Korean War, and Vietnam War was dedicated on May 21, 1989 in the Memorial Amphitheater. Father (Maj.) William Barragy, the first chaplain to die in Vietnam is among the names listed on the monument. He was killed May 4, 1966, in a helicopter crash with 20 men on a mission for the 101st Airborne Division. Barragy was posthumously honored with the Legion of Merit. The monument is inscribed with "May God Grant Peace To Them And To The Nation They Served So Well."
A monument to 14 Jewish chaplains who died while serving on active duty in the U.S. armed forces was dedicated Oct. 24, 2011. One of the inscriptions on the monument reads: “Dedicated to the Jewish chaplains who have served our country in the United States Armed Forces. May the memory of those who perished while in service be a blessing.”