Clipped From The Salt Lake Tribune
in report six in in in Mourned Chaplain (Colonel) Julius J. Babst... Career began, ended, at Fort Douglas. Death Claims Veteran Army Chaplain Col. Julius J. Babst Dies on Coast; Rites to Be in S. L. Colonel Julius J. Babst, 53, chief of the chaplain's branch, Ninth service command, and oft-decorated veteran of World War I, died Monday at Camp Irwin, Cal., according to word received In Salt Lake City. After leaving Salt Lake City ;wo weeks ago on a tour of army camps and posts of southern California, the chaplain became ill at his first stop at Camp Irwin. He md planned to participat* in dedication of an army chapel there, but was too ill to do so. Solemn high requiem mass will : celebrated 1 Thursday at 10 a. m. at the Cathedral of the Madeleine >y the Most Rev. Duane G. Hunt, )ishop of the Catholic diocese of :alt Lake. The body will lie in state at the )ost chapel, Fort- Douglas, from 2:30 p. m. Wedne3day to time of services. A military escort will accompany the body from the post o the cathedral and from the cathedral to the Union Pacific railroad; station. The body will e taken to Naperville, 111., for burial. Military honors will be accorded at the burial services and repre- entativcs of the office of the :hief of chaplains, Washington, D. C., will attend. Recitation of the Holy Rosary vill- be Wednesday at 7 p. m. in the Fort Douglas chapel. Chaplain Babst was born May 6, 1880, in Illinois, and was or- ained a Catholic priest in 1905. He began his military career as haplain, first lieutenant, at Fort Douglas in 1917. For his services in World War I. Chaplain Babst received a wide ariety of decorations, including the distinguished service cross with ak leaf cluster, silver star, purple eart, victory medal with six bars, Mexican border medal, the croix o guerre with palm, croix with tar, Verdun medal, Chateau 'hlcrry medal, Fourragere, Gcr- nan occupation medal and defense nodal. He was wounded in action France. Chaplain Eabst returned to Fort Douglas as chief of the chaplains' branch, Ninth service command, February 1, 1942. after serving at Fort Lewis, Wash. He was promoted to colonel on May 4, 1942. Surviving are two sisters. Rose and Ann Babst of Fort Douglas, a.nd two brothers, George Babst of Yermo, Cal., and a brother in New York.