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LET US PRAY

 

Eternal Father, strong to save,
Whose arm hath bound the restless wave,
Who biddest the mighty ocean deep
Its own appointed limits keep;
Oh, hear us when we cry to Thee,
For those in peril on the sea!

For some reason that goes deep into the soul of a sailor, he mourns over shipmates lost through the dangers of the sea even more than for those killed by the violence of the enemy. He feels that the least he can do for those brave young men who went down doing their duty on 18 December 1944 is to set forth at length the causes and details of the catastrophe, in the hope that it may never recur.

Sunset that Sunday evening was not one to cheer the heart of a seaman, or to suggest hymn-singing, unless "For Those in Peril on the Sea." A sinister afterglow remained in the sky. The sea was deep black except where the wind whipped off wave crests into spindrift.

From Samuel Eliot Morison "History of US Naval Operations in World War II" - Source

 

To all who gave so much....

And when at length their course is run,
Their work for home and country done,
Of all the lost when last they sailed
Let not one soul in thee have failed;
But hear from heaven those sailor's cry,
And grant them eternal life on high!

For my Dad  Son's tribute to his lost father.


 

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