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FATHER LOUIS J. LYNCH & FATHER WILLARD J. CHRISTY

CHEROKEE PRIESTS BECOME ARMY CHAPLAINS - Fr. Louis J. Lynch was ordained a priest in 1935.  He served at Sheldon and then came to Cherokee, where he served as assistant priest at the Immaculate Conception Church.  He left Cherokee in May 1940, to serve a parish in Madrid, Iowa.  In Jan 1943, left Madrid and was commissioned a 1st Lieutenant in the chaplain corps.  He was stationed at Jackson, MS Army Air base.  In Jan of 1944 he was promoted to Captain.  Father Lynch's successor at Immaculate Conception was Rev. Father Willard J. Christy.  The Rev. Christy served for three years as assistant pastor of Immaculate Conception and as athletic director and religious instructor of the parochial school in Cherokee.

In Jan of 1944, Fr. Christy was commissioned a first lieutenant in the United States Army chaplain service and in Feb reported to Harvard Chaplain School at

 Source: Cherokee County Historical Society Newsletter, Vol 15, Num 1, Jan 1980, Sec V, Pg 8.  

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