Chaplains of the
36th Infantry Division


Chaplain (Colonel) Herbert E. MacCombie
Division Chaplain

Chaplain Lehne and Colonel Price

We had many unit commanders in the division who gave excellent support to the work of the chaplains.

While we were in the States, Chaplain Lehne (at that time assigned to the 141st Infantry) suffered a heart attack.  We did not know whether he could go overseas with us or not.

I went to the hospital to inquire about his prospects.  The surgeon told me that he would leave the matter up to me.  Chaplain Lehne might not have any further trouble.  On the other hand he might have difficulty marching with the infantry. I talked with Chaplain Lehne.  He wanted very much to return to his regiment.

I went to Lieutenant Colonel Andrew F. Price, executive officer of the 141st Infantry.  I explained the situation to him, and said, “The decision is up to us.  The doctors will rate him unfit for combat duty, or fit for overseas duty according to our wishes.  What shall we do?”

Without hesitation Colonel Price replied, “We want him with us.  If he cannot walk, I will give him my own jeep.”

Chaplain Lehne was returned to duty and went overseas with us.  Many of us were glad that he came, for he was one of our great chaplains.  He was decorated for outstanding service in support of combat operations.


Copyright 2001 by Mary MacCombie Fietsam
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