The Texas Guard Chief Chaplain and famous helicopter descend on Corsicana for the Veterans Parade on May 21, 2022

Rush Limbaugh Cigar Collection

USCG Houston Air Station

Military Challenge Coin, Holy Smokes

Colonel Thomas Mohler, Texas Guard Chief Chaplain, brings the Rush Limbaugh cigar collection to the Texas Veterans Parade. USCG MH 65 Dolphin rescue helicopter arrives

Tonight I’m going to go home and smoke a good cigar to the Glory of God. It’s like an incense that drifts towards the sky.

— Theologian, Dr. Charles Haddon Surgeon

CORSICANA, TEXAS, USA, May 11, 2022 / — Texas State Guard Chief Chaplain Col. Thomas Mohler brings his vintage Jeep and Rush Limbaugh cigar collection to the Parade of Texas veterans in Corsicana, Texas on May 20-21, 2022. Afghanistan War Medal of Honor recipient William Swenson, the parade grand marshal, will ride in Col. Mohler’s jeep at the front of the parade at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 21. The night before the parade at the Palace Theater in Corsicana, TX, Col. Mohler will perform the invocation at the Medal of Honor event/show. As the evening of patriotic music and military stories draws to a close, he will perform his “Holy Smokes Devotional” on 6th Street in front of the theater. The event is open to the public.

The US Coast Guard Air Force Base Houston rides to the parade in the world’s most famous all-weather rescue helicopter. They want to be there as more than 3,000 Navarro County veterans are honored. The MH 65E Dolphin helicopter has been the backbone of hurricane search and rescue efforts in the Gulf of Mexico for more than a decade.

Colonel Mohler was deeply involved in the state of Texas’ Operation Lone Star – Border Surge to stem the record influx of immigrants. The operation is known in military terms as OLS-BS. Chaplain Mohler is responsible for 12 chaplains and 26 chaplain assistants who are dealing with the complications of the wave of immigration. “We have to deal with everything from the funeral of the Texas National Guard soldier who drowned trying to save immigrants, to the suicides and other stresses of being deployed to defend the borders of the Lone Star State.”

While serving on the board of the non-profit organization Operation Deployed, Colonel Mohler befriended famed broadcaster Rush Limbaugh and his wife Kathryn. “Rush had a 20-by-20-foot air-conditioned room in his home for his valuable cigar collection. That collection included $250 Cuban cigars that dated back to 2006,” Thomas Mohler said. “When Rush died his wife gave me many of these cigars which we now use to conduct Holy Smokes Christian devotions. I’m proud that one of them will be standing outside the Palace Theater at the end of the Medal of Honor Show on Friday evening May 20, 2022. This is the same program we do for our troops deployed on the Mexico-Texas border.”

The idea for Holy Smokes Devotionals came from the famous theologian, Dr Charles Haddon Surgeon, who said “Tonight I’m going to go home and smoke a good cigar to the glory of God. It’s like incense drifting toward the sky.” The devotions are a respite for active duty service members who have been deployed to the Texas border. The U.S. Border Patrol reported more than 1.6 million immigrant encounters along the U.S.-Mexico border in fiscal year 2021. That’s more than triple the number just a few years ago.

Here is a short Q&A with the chief chaplain of the Texas Guard’s 40 military bases:

Q: Why are parades honoring our military veterans important?
A: There are too many people among the younger generations who have no idea what the greatest generation of World War II, and the women and men of the Korean War, the Desert Storm and the war on terrorism have done for them. We need to teach about the sacrifices these soldiers make to be away from home, to be away from their youth work. The Texas Veterans Parade awakens young people to what the military has done and is doing now to keep us safe.

Q: Why are you delighted that Navarro County and Corsica are doing this parade?
A: This parade gives veterans the opportunity to showcase their vehicles and the tools of their trade. But it also gives the rest of the population who did not serve the opportunity to publicly appreciate those who served. Your parade founder, Bill McNutt, has a son, Will McNutt, who is a Major in the Texas Guard. He hooked us up and I’m thrilled to be able to drive the historic brick streets of Corsicana with a Medal of Honor hero in my vintage Jeep.

The HM 65 E Dolphin helicopter will be piloted by Lt Commander Mike Freeman. He will be joined by General Manager Byron A. Creech. Coast Guard spokesman Sean Kshimetski said, “The Coast Guard is very supportive of our Texas veterans. The American coast has become a battleground in many ways with the influx of drugs and bad actors entering our country by sea, land and air. We want to recruit young people to serve our nation and we will say thank you to the citizens of Navarro County who support us. »

Murphy Johnson
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