Religion: Through the Valley

The 19-year-old marine, veteran of Iwo Jima, lay aboard a U.S. hospital ship, dying of a malignant growth in his throat.

Last week New York Timesman Meyer Berger told the story: "The amputation cases lay silent . . . in the red glow of the battle light in the ward. Shipboard sounds seemed remote and subdued as the chaplain bent over the fever-flushed youngster. The chaplain said: 'Do you want to pray with me, son?'

"The sick youth gave no sign that he had heard. His eyes were closed and he breathed with difficulty. The chaplain began the Lord's Prayer: 'Our Father, who...

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