The Captain and the Padre|
by Don Rholl
March 26th, 1943
I was hit by a piece of shrapnel which hit the starboard plane in the
Komandorskis. Taken to the first aid station in the wardroom, I was
placed on a cot with other wounded. One of the medical personnel took a
look at me and said the heat of the shrapnel had produced cauterization
and thus there was no bleeding. So I could wait.
Chaplain Richard W. Hodge came
in a number of times during the battle. My cot was next to
and, while the Chaplain was there to comfort us all, he spent a good
deal of his time near Jim who was dying.
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Sept. 15th, 1942
At their gun stations aboard an accompanying warship, US Sailors and Marines watch the last moments of the US Aircraft Carrier "Wasp" as she burned fiercely after being hit by three supmarine torpedoes near the Solomons. The Navy said, "Ninety per cent of the Wasp's personnel were rescued."
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