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Decorated chaplain helped found Legion Post

PHIL ANGELO Sprecial to The JournalMay 26, 2019

BRADLEY — A plaque located on a huge rock just outside the door of the Bradley American Legion commemorates the post’s most famous member.

Harris Anthony Darche (1889-1937) was one of the founders of the post and the most decorated chaplain of World War I. The Rev. Darche was the national chaplain of the American Legion in 1931.

The plaque honors the Catholic priest as “a true soldier of Christ and his country with an extraordinary combination of ability and humility. He was noted for his courage, modesty and tolerance of all beliefs. A priest of God and the servant of man.”

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