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Day 92 – No Atheists In Foxholes

No Atheists In Foxholes – April 19, 2011

No one knows for sure the exact origin of this phrase but many credit it to Lieutenant-Colonel William J. Clear or Lieutenant-Colonel William Casey. However, most times journalist Ernie Pyle receives credit for the phrase. Whatever the case may be, the phrase “There are no atheists in foxholes” is used to describe soldiers facing combat. It’s in the middle of combat that many soldiers come face to face with the reality that they need divine power to keep them safe in the midst of battle.

Day 92 - No Atheists In Foxholes
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I’ve always known military people have a strong faith, but now as I interact with more military people that is becoming even more evident. That is also the reason we are thrilled to be connected with a great church supporting our troops and supporting Ben.

The picture for today features my good friend and Ben’s Pastor from Faith Temple in Rochester, New York. Pastor Steve Edlin has been a huge support for us through many years and especially during the past few months with Ben away at Basic Training in Fort Benning, GA. Yesterday General Sarge was on a special Road Trip. It seemed only fitting that he visit with Pastor Steve to give him an update on just how well his human-owner PVT Ben is doing at Fort Benning.

Ben Official Infantryman Pin
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One of the things General Sarge made sure he told Pastor Steve about is the fact that it’s official! PVT Ben has completed his training and received his official Infantryman pin! After spending a week doing outdoor maneuvers and various war game training sessions his Platoon ran to the top of Honor Hill where they were pinned with this Infantryman pin. Ben said it was quite exciting and it’s a huge achievement!

It’s hard to believe but after shipping out in mid-January, Ben is now almost set for graduation. We are excited and looking forward to making our way to Fort Benning, GA at the end of this month to be part of this proud moment.

Help Us Get To Fort Benning

We’re very excited about Ben’s upcoming graduation, but we’re also asking for help to off-set our costs to Fort Benning. There are now two ways you can help us as we prepare for the trip.

The proceeds from the above purchases go to our
“Families First Campaign”.

Also, if you would like to make a direct tax-deductible donation to us you can do that as well. Just send me an email for information about how to do that.

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8 thoughts on “Day 92 – No Atheists In Foxholes

    1. Yes indeed! Now you know what the top secret road trip was. It was a great visit and we’re really excited that the first Sunday Ben is home is also Mother’s Day and ALL of our family, including our oldest son who’s in Idaho, will be home and in church on Mother’s Day.

      1. I’d say those 20 push-ups were with it. 😉 By the way, about the pin, I haven’t been able to contact my friend (he’s down in Corning). You’re best bet might be to head to the Class Six on base and pick one up. They sell pins and stuff for the dress uniforms, rank, etc. and I’m positive they’ll have the Infantry pin there.

        1. LOL! We are so excited here at General Sarge HQ about teaming up with Build-A-Bear for this great teddy bear giveaway for “Month of the Military Child”. As for pin, yes, we plan to visit the PX at Fort Benning for the pin. 🙂

  1. He must have been so excited to have crossed that bridge and moved into the next phase of his training. Congratulations Ben for all the hard work you have done these last months have moved you forward in your future and your goals.

    1. This week and most of next week is all what is called “recovery”. It’s a time to clean their weapons, the sleeping bay area, trade in uniforms for new ones. All kinds of activity preparing for Turning Blue Ceremony and Graduation.

    1. Hey there Slappy;

      It was a great road trip and I’m really looking forward to next week when we go to Fort Benning for my human-owners, PVT Ben’s, graduation at Fort Benning. I’m not sure, but I think I heard some talk about getting me a pin just like Ben’s for my lapel too!

      General Sarge – Two paws up!

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