Father Daniel Hunt, C.P., St. Paul of the Cross Province (1910-1999)

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Dan Hunt was born on December 12, 1910 in East Boston. He graduated from English High in 1929 and entered the Passionist community. On September 25, 1931 he professed his vows. He was ordained a priest May 30, 1938 at St. Gabriel’s Brighton, Massachusetts by Cardinal Francis Spellman. In 1941 Father Hunt became an Army Chaplain and served in the European Theater with the Eighth Army Air Force and Flying Fortress B17. He was chosen to broadcast the Easter message to the United States and appeared as the chaplain in the United States War Department production of Memphis Bell, the movie. Later he was transferred to the Pacific Theater were he served with the 77th Infantry or the Statue of Liberty Division. He took part in the battles at Guam, Leyte and Okinawa. He was a friend to writer Ernie Pyle. Father Hunt received the Bronze Star for action at Leyte. He was recalled as a chaplain in 1961 during the Berlin Crisis. He was sent to Germany to the United States Army School and became head of the civil action of Counter Insurgency Course given to American and Allied officers. From 1964 to 1984 he was at Camp Drum, New York and received the Certificate of Distinguished Catholic Service which is the highest award of the Military Ordinariate. In his later years he lived in Brighton, Massachusetts and West Hartford, Connecticut.

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