Gaylord T. Gunhus
|Gaylord T. Gunhus|
Major General Gaylord T. Gunhus
20th Chief of Chaplains of the United States Army
|Birth name||Gaylord Thomas Gunhus|
May 22, 1940|
Enderlin, North Dakota, U.S.
|Died||May 27, 2016
Scottsdale, Arizona, U.S.
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/branch||United States Army|
|Years of service||1966–2003|
|Commands held||U.S. Army Chaplain Corps|
War on Terror
|Awards|| Legion of Merit
Meritorious Service Medal
Chaplain (Major General) Gaylord Thomas "G.T." Gunhus (May 22, 1940 – May 27, 2016) was an American Army officer who, from 1999 to 2003, served as the 20th Chief of Chaplains of the United States Army. He is a 1962 Graduate of Seattle Pacific University where he was named Alumnus of the Year in the spring of 2001. He later graduated from the Lutheran Brethren Seminary in 1967 with a Masters of Divinity degree.
After seminary, Gunhus served two tours in the Vietnam War. He graduated from the Princeton Theological Seminary in 1976 with a Masters in Theology degree. He continued his way up the ranks during the next three decades before being named Chief of Chaplains of the US Army in 1999 by President Bill Clinton. He was the head chaplain for the army based at The Pentagon prior to, during, and after the 9/11 attacks on the Pentagon. He continued in this role until his retirement in 2003. After retirement, he was the military correspondent for Guideposts magazine. General Gunhus died on May 27, 2016 at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Awards and decorations
|Legion of Merit (with one bronze oak leaf cluster)|
|Bronze Star Medal (with one bronze oak leaf cluster)|
|Meritorious Service Medal (with three oak leaf clusters)|
|Army Commendation Medal (with one oak leaf cluster)|
|Meritorious Unit Commendation|
|National Defense Service Medal (with one bronze service star)|
|Vietnam Service Medal (with four bronze service stars)|
|Army Service Ribbon|
|Overseas Service Ribbon (with award numeral 2)|
|Vietnam Civil Actions Medal|
|Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation|
|Vietnam Campaign Medal|
- "Gaylord T. Gunhus". Marquis Who's Who on the Web. Retrieved 2016-06-02.
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- Mcdougall, Connie (Summer 1999). "Helping the Hurting Soldier". SPU Response.
- Diaz, Pablo (2016-06-02). "Listen for the Voice of Vocation: Celebrating the faith and inspiration of the late Retired Chaplain (Major General) G.T. Gunhus". Guideposts. Retrieved 2016-06-02.
- Gwinn, Jim; Cutshall, Mark (2005). "Chapter 16—The Soldier Who Got His Wish: Gaylord Gunhus". A Life Well Lived. ISBN 0-9774924-0-0.
- "Gaylord Gunhus, 1940-2016". Fergus Falls Daily Journal. 2016-07-17. Retrieved 2016-07-26.
Donald W. Shea
|Deputy Chief of Chaplains of the United States Army
1994 – 1999
David H. Hicks
Donald W. Shea
|Chief of Chaplains of the United States Army
1999 – 2003
David H. Hicks