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As the French steamer, Niagara, pulled into New York harbor in March of 1919 the nation first learned the details of Father Brady’s heroic acts in the trenches on the Western front.
Patrick’s Day ” in an automobile the car was hit “by direct fire, killing the three officers but only stunning the doughty clergyman.” After the war, Father Brady commented on his luck, “the shells fell about me, but somehow or the other they never hit me. ” It was one of the few times he talked about himself—mostly it was about his fellow Marines: “It was the fearlessness of the brave American soldiers that played the major part in bringing the enemy countries to terms.”“tied to a stick which he carried carelessly over his shoulder…[making] an awful racket [awakening the Germans who] opened fire…shells were flying all around him but he filled his canteens and came back.” An official German report related that the Marines were “vigorous, self-confident, and remarkable marksmen” while Blackjack Pershing, commander of the AEF, lauded the corps claiming the “deadliest enemy in the world is a marine with his rifle.” Father Brady had been a Navy Chaplain for three years before the war. Previously he had been assistant rector at New York’s St. A surviving letter to New York’s Cardinal Farley helps us understand Brady’s motive in volunteering to serve with the Marines, “My work is to bring back [to the Catholic church] by a personal meeting of the men, to bring back a great many indifferent Catholics.” According to Elizabeth Alleva in her 2015 article Military Chaplains of World War I, “Brady like many military chaplains, tried to accommodate as many men as possible with the hope that they would strengthen their faith and their will to continue fighting.” Early after his arrival in France, before American troops became fully engaged, Brady was appointed by Regimental Commander, Col. Doyen, regimental athletic and recreational director. He formed baseball, football, boxing, and wrestling teams.As they entered the woods they ran into more machine guns, barbed wire, sharpshooters, mustard gas, then bayonets and hand-to-hand combat.Regardless the Marines won the skirmish that day (June 6th) but lost 31 officers and 1,056 men.Wenn du auf unsere Webseite klickst oder hier navigierst, stimmst du der Erfassung von Informationen durch Cookies auf und außerhalb von Facebook zu.Weitere Informationen zu unseren Cookies und dazu, wie du die Kontrolle darüber behältst, findest du hier: Cookie-Richtlinie.
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