Soldier's Pocket Bible

Soldier's Pocket Bible

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Religion has an essential role in military history, which is reflected in military material. Steel-covered New Testaments were popular keepsake gifts for soldiers going off to fight in World War II. Advertised in newspapers and magazines as protection from bullets, the small books were designed to be carried in the pocket over one's heart as both symbol and shield.
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Object Name
book, bible, pocket
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
paper (overall material)
manufactured (overall production method/technique)
overall: 11.7 cm x 7.7 cm x 2.3 cm; 4 5/8 in x 3 1/16 in x 7/8 in
overall: 4 1/2 in x 3 in x 1 in; 11.43 cm x 7.62 cm x 2.54 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
James F. Owens, Sr.
World War II
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Political and Military History: Armed Forces History, General
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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My birth father was given one of these bibles from my Aunt Naomi and Uncle Bill before leaving for WWII. He was wounded. The shrapnel embedded too close to his heart to remove. However, the brass plate on his bible surely saved his life. The bible on view here does not appear to have the brass plate cover. Daddy's did and I still have it.
My one & only grandson is leaving for Africa in September. He has been in 3 other countries & has been in Air Force for 8 yrs. I pray that God will keep him safe.

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