Saturday, January 07, 2012

Faith and courage under fire

Major (later Colonel) Julian Cook, U.S. 82nd Airborne Division.


The major, a devout Catholic was also praying out loud. Lieutenant Virgil Carmichael noticed that he had developed a kind of cadence with each line. "Hail Mary - full of grace. Hail Mary - full of grace", Cook chanted with every stroke of the paddle. Then in the midst of the confusion, the Germans opened up.
-Cornelius Ryan, A Bridge Too Far, p388


1 Comments:

Anonymous Richard Collins said...

My favourite (and most moving) part of the film.

10:50 PM  

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