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