Placid H. Doyle

In 1917, Placid H. Doyle was a Franciscan priest and professor at Cincinnati’s St. Francis Monastery. On his draft registration card, Doyle requested exemption from combat service, but not from acting as a chaplain in the U.S. Army. Military chaplains offered spiritual support to many regiments during World War I, as they marched and lived with the soldiers. Doyle died in France in October 1918 while serving as chaplain for the Army’s 90th Division.