Of Hell and Prayers

The pain-racked frame, the deep-lined face, the grave voice were those of a man who had seen the horrors of war and the mysteries of death—and lived to tell the tale. Perhaps better than anyone he could tell the U.S. what war really meant.

The man was Captain Eddie Rickenbacker, who with six others was miraculously plucked from tiny rubber rafts in the middle of the South Pacific (TIME, Nov. 23). In War Secretary Stimson's conference room last week Captain Eddie told a group of newsmen his moving story of 24 torturing days...

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