Whenever the opportunity became available, Billy Graham made every effort to visit and minister to the troops at military installations and on the front lines.
After World War II, Mr. Graham visited United States military installations in Europe to encourage and minister to the soldiers. In 1952, Mr. Graham spent Christmas with the troops in Korea. With full military cooperation, he visited and preached on the front lines where the troops stood throughout the service on Christmas Day. After returning home, Mr. Graham confessed, “I wept more in Korea than in all the past several years put together. These experiences changed my life. I could never be quite the same again–I felt sadder, older. I felt as though I had gone in a boy and come out a man …”
In 1966 and 1968, William C. Westmoreland, commanding general of the American forces, invited Billy to Vietnam to visit and preach to the troops at Christmas. Mr. Graham visited aircraft carriers, air bases, hospitals, and jungle outposts during his time in that war torn country. Upon his return home Mr. Graham said, “These men were daily facing death for the sake of their country and freedom. As I gave invitations for them to accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, hundreds raised their hands in front of their buddies. Many were weeping unashamedly–men who had faced death just hours before.”