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Meet the ‘Lone Survivor’ Priest and ‘Grunt Padre’ Author Who’s Now the Head Chaplain of the Coast Guard

Leslie MillerFather Daniel L. Mode, chaplain of the Coast Guard, stands in the large atrium of the Coast Guard headquarters in Washington, D.C., in front of a massive wall of flags and insignia of the Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Coast Guard.

Father Mode was deployed as a chaplain to Afghanistan in 2005, and within the first 24 hours of being in theater he came face-to-face with the realities of war.