FROM THE POST OFFICE
About a dozen men went to the Catholic chaplain, Fr. Bernard Herlihey, and told him about the order. He was angry and called the Regimental Commander, Colonel O’Connor, who himself was a practicing Catholic. Fr. Herlihey explained what the men in the company told him. The Colonel called the Company Commander and ordered him to rescind the order immediately. That very day the order was canceled and the Company Commander was reprimanded by the Colonel.
I enjoyed serving with the men HQ & HQ Company. We all stayed close to the faith and tried to live good Catholic lives. You read too many stories about the bad goings-on in the Armed Forces; you read little if anything about the wonderful military chaplains and men (and also women) who serve and are a credit to the uniform.
I thank God that when I was ten my mother took me to see Fr. James, SSJ, our pastor, and told him I wanted to be an altar boy. Every camp I was assigned to before Mass began Father would ask for an Altar Server. I would be the first up to serve. Every Christmas and Easter Father said High Mass and I sang in the choir. The Pater Noster and the Apostles Creed were sung in Latin. How I miss the high Mass in Latin.
Today my son Thomas, 49 years old, is serving in Kuwait. I pray he remains faithful to the Faith. I am proud of how our men and women in the Armed Forces live good Christian lives.
Retired Platoon Sergeant John G. Parisi,