Salute to Veterans
Nov 8, 2013
Honoring Our Own: Veterans Day Nov. 1
JACKSONVILLE (FBW)—Stripping off Army fatigues, two GI’s stepped into a water-filled bomb crater outside Piombino, Italy. They briefly left the front line and hijacked a jeep to fulfill a mission one soldier didn’t want to risk missing.

Corporal George Prom had introduced his buddy to Jesus—and was eager to honor the man’s wishes to follow in believer’s baptism.
Nov 7, 2012
ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP)—They’re coming home. They’ve witnessed death on the battlefield and led soldiers, sailors and Marines to Christ. They’ve baptized converts in water-filled barrels and led worship during rocket attacks. They’ve risked their own lives and sacrificed time away from their families. They are the among the nation’s unsung heroes—military chaplains.
Nov 7, 2012
PENSACOLA (FBW)—Ministry to military personnel is a tradition in some Florida Baptist churches, especially in communities near military bases. The congregations care for those who serve their country, and those who are in training to serve.
Nov 7, 2012
ORANGE PARK (FBW)—During 17 years of uncertainty, while U.S. Navy Commander (CDR) Randolph Wright Ford’s status changed from POW to MIA to KIA, the Navy pilot’s family in Florida clung to Bible promises: God is “a father to the fatherless” (Psalm 68:5), and He “will rescue him and honor him” (Psalm 91:15).
Nov 7, 2012
ORANGE PARK (FBW)—During 17 years of uncertainty, while U.S. Navy Commander (CDR) Randolph Wright Ford’s status changed from POW to MIA to KIA, the Navy pilot’s family in Florida clung to Bible promises: God is “a father to the fatherless” (Psalm 68:5), and He “will rescue him and honor him” (Psalm 91:15).
Nov 7, 2012
Bible sent home from North Africa gives family hope
OCALA (FBW)—Disoriented, dehydrated and cold after hiding out near the Kasserine Pass in the mountains of North Africa for three days, U.S. Army Private Arch A. Shealey and some other soldiers waited for dark and finally made a break for it.
Apr 29, 2011
Olive Davis ‘loves the Lord’ & ‘loves sick people’ her son says
It was 1943 and United States Army Second Liuetanant Olive Grimwade could hear a friend moving around outside their canvas tent in Algiers. Within minutes, the four Army nurses quartered inside burst into laughter at their colleague’s mortified description of what happened when she used the primitive facilities, a “slit trench,” dug into the dirt.

“She was so mad,” the retired nurse, who turned 99 in January, told Florida Baptist Witness, giggling. “We had blackout and we didn’t have any lights on, but you know, I just can’t get over how many times God has protected me.”
Nov 5, 2009
Joseph Plappert & his Bible survived prison camp 64 years ago
Throughout the story in italics are excerpts from Joseph William Plappert’s personal account of the Battle of the Bulge, The Long Journey, which was handwritten by his wife, Lois Plappert.
Nov 5, 2009
JACKSONVILLE (FBW)—D.J. (Dean) Abernathy, retired Florida pastor and Florida Baptist Convention lobbyist, was injured during the Battle of the Bulge in 1944, and he says at least two angels saved him from death. The angels, an Army medic and a surgeon, stepped in to save the young infantryman whom an aid station doctor had pronounced a hopeless case.
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