This article was co-authored by Deacon David P., Society of Jesus, who will be ordained as a Jesuit priest in the summer of 2018. Deacon David attended Fordham and Santa Clara University, where he received degrees in psychology, philosophy, and theology. David also happens to be the first cousin of Frumentarius, which, per Catholic doctrine, secures Fru’s place in heaven. At least, Fru is pretty sure that’s how it works… more research might be needed.
March 19, 1945. The USS Franklin is conducting offensive operations off the coast of Japan in the waning days of the Second World War. The Navy vessel comes under withering attack by Japanese aircraft, including a kamikaze attack which inflicts a devastating and direct hit on the warship. Lieutenant Commander Joseph Timothy O’Callahan, military chaplain and Catholic Jesuit priest, begins to grope his way through smoke-filled passageways to the flight deck above. In the midst of exploding armaments, and with the ship hit by incessant explosions, O’Callahan ministers to the wounded and dying, “comforting and encouraging men of all faiths,” according to the citation that would result in the Jesuit priest receiving the Medal of Honor.
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