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Peter Beckwith - Cold War Era

Peter Beckwith began a career in the Catholic Church when he was ordained at the age of twenty-five. In 1972 Beckwith began a dual career when he was commissioned as a Lieutenant in the Chaplain Corps of the U.S. Navy Reserve. He discusses these two aspects of his life, and the opportunities and challenges they posed. In 1995, Peter was selected for flag rank, a title which he held until his retirement from the Navy in 1999.

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Beckwith was a Priest, Bishop, and a Lieutenant in the Navy Reserve

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Beckwith on maneuvers with the Marines in full field pack.

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Prayers during effective readiness maneuvers.

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Beckwith on the brink of a 50’ cliff about to make his first rappel.

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Gunny disapproved irregular tent set-up.

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Wife Melinda helps put on Beckwith’s shoulder boards.

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1975

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Beckwith receiving his commission as Lieutenant Commander in 1975.

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1975

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Official photo, 1995 as Rear Admiral, Lower Half.

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1995

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Many tours of duty and awards.

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The Right Reverend Peter Hess Beckwith, Tenth Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Springfield, IL on 30 October 2009. His picture (bottom left) accompanies the previous nine Bishops on the Diocese Conference Room wall.

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Episcopal Diocese of Springfield, IL

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October 30, 2009

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