Religion: Flat-Top Chaplain

A chubby, smiling U.S. Navy chaplain told a Manhattan audience last week about his precarious ministry aboard, the aircraft carrier Wasp, sunk in the Solomons (TIME, Nov. 2). In peacetime Chaplain Merritt F. Williams was a canon of Washington, D.C.'s great unfinished Episcopal Cathedral of SS. Peter & Paul. He had since learned what battle action was like. One afternoon last September, when the 14,700-ton Wasp was struck by three Jap torpedoes and twanged like the string of a bass viol, Chaplain Williams had pitched in to help move the wounded across...

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