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Home Mission WWII Navy chaplain posthumously awarded Navy Cross for comforting fellow sailors in ‘shark infested waters’ | Navy Times

WWII Navy chaplain posthumously awarded Navy Cross for comforting fellow sailors in ‘shark infested waters’ | Navy Times

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WWII Navy chaplain posthumously awarded Navy Cross for comforting fellow sailors in ‘shark infested waters’ | Navy Times
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Lt. Thomas Conway was a Catholic priest assigned to the USS Indianapolis when it was struck by torpedoes from a Japanese submarine. 890 crewmen went into the water when the ship sank, including Conway. They were stranded for five nights and four days in freezing temperatures while fighting off shark attacks and facing dehydration. Conway put his personal safety aside to swim into shark infested areas to help sailors and administer sacraments. He is credited with saving 67 of his fellow sailors before losing his life to fatigue. Lt. Thomas Conway has now been awarded the Navy Cross, accepted by Retired Navy Capt. Monsignor John Bevins on his behalf.

Source: https://www.navytimes.com/news/your-navy/2021/01/13/wwii-navy-chaplain-posthumously-awarded-navy-cross-for-comforting-fellow-sailors-in-shark-infested-waters/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+navy-times%2Fnews%2Fyour-navy+%28Navy+Times+-+Arc+RSS+-+Your+Navy%29