People: Jul. 26, 1968

In March 1945, a Japanese bomber smashed two bombs into the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Franklin. "O'Callahan was everywhere," wrote the navigator of Lieut. Commander Joseph O'Callahan, the ship's Roman Catholic chaplain. Besides ministering to the wounded, O'Callahan manned a fire hose, going into an oven-hot turret to cool off the ammo to throw it overboard. For this Father O'Callahan, who died in 1964, became the only chaplain in World War II to receive the Medal of Honor. Last week, another honor was bestowed as the destroyer escort U.S.S. O'Callahan was commissioned at Boston...

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