World War II - U. S. Army Chaplains Corps
Captain Raymond L. Greene
U.S. Army Chaplain Corps Insignia
(1940's news article and photo researched and contributed by: Dean Schaal from his mother's wartime scrapbook)
Chaplain Writes on
Experiences Met in
New Guinea Jungle
Special in Press-Gazette
OCONTO FALLS, Wis - Capt. Raymond L. Greene, former Methodist pastor at Oconto Falls and now an army chaplain, wrote from a base in New Guinea as follows:
"I received my first mail since May this morning and it was wonderful. I find myself a long way from home in a very new camp, temporarily in a tent that doesn't leak much - not where I sleep now, at least. The floor is beautiful black mud. I have a Persian rug made from a cardboard which i waited a week to get. It rains every night where we are.
We had some nice fireworks the other night. No exactly like those in Wisconsin, but noisy and pretty. We have some wonderful homemade overstuffed furniture.
There are a few people down here who are not homesick. The folks back home have no idea what the kids go through. They deserve all that can be given to them when they come home. I count it a rare privilege to be here and help them in my humble way.
I laugh when I remember certain people talking about keeping the people's morale up back home. Now I wish some of them had my 2,000 boys in the swamphole of mud, insects and stinking water. You can give the boys over here a boost for me."
(Notes: "Oconto Falls—A large crowd attended the potluck supper tendered the Rev. Raymond L. Greene and family at the Methodist Church on Wednesday evening. Following the supper, “Parson” led in the group singing, with Mrs. E.W. Behling at the piano. Bob Shellman played a trombone solo and Miss Elaine Sinrud sang two vocal selections. Miss Sinrud and Rev. Greene rendered a vocal duet; Mrs. Behling played all the accompaniments. Mrs. Greene gave a reading, “The Mustard Plaster.” All members were greatly enjoyed. Mrs. Ralph Elver, president of the Woman’s Society of Christian Service, presented the pastor, who leaves March 1st for service in the Army, with an individual communion set. The five circles also presented him with a gift of money. Mesdames R.M. Putnam, Edw. Kane, E.A. Seelman and James Volk made a fine Khaki sweater and mittens which was given to him at this time. Very well chosen remarks which came from a heart full of appreciation for his people were expressed by the guest of honor. Mrs. Greene and sons will remain here, having taken residence in the Hugo Boldt home on Franklin Street, so Oconto Falls is home to them."