This actually is the first time in about 30+ years that I've been trying to get someone in UUA to even remotely pay some attention to military issues. It's been quite disheartening over the years, especially given the fact that we have a significant number of flag and general officers, as well as senior enlisteds within our membership. And should I mention that we have two former Secretaries of DOD?And Jamie Goodwin finds what I would call something less than Support Our Troops on a UU website. Wonder what those two former UU SecDef's would think of that.
Most importantly, the membership of UUA is not well informed of the fact that the military chaplains' corps (which the Navy first started) was run primarily by Unitarian ministers. So whether they like it or not, this is a part of our faith's history -- and they must pay some attention to the needs of UU military members.
William Cohen is a UU and was SecDef under Clinton. Not sure who Patton has in mind as the second.
George Bancroft founder of the Naval Academy was a Unitarian, as was the founder of West Point: Sylvanus Thayer.