Religion: A Navy Chaplain Takes Inventory

This report was written for TIME by Captain Maurice S. Sheehy, District Chaplain, Pearl Harbor. Chaplain Sheehy is on wartime leave of absence from his teaching post at the Department of Religious Education of the Catholic University of America.

Fantastic though the statement may sound, I believe I have served with two distinct U.S. Navies. Between the Navy which fought in the Aleutians in 1943 and the Navy of 1944, any similarity is purely coincidental.

This statement is based upon the assumption that the most important thing about a Navy is not its ships, its aircraft, or its guns, but what is going...

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