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After World War I, Fox sensed the call to ministry, attending Boston School of Theology, a Methodist school that ironically was central to importing European pacifist theologies into American religious thought. Fox went on to pastor Methodist churches in the Berkshire villages of northern Vermont.
AT THE TIME of Pearl Harbor, Fox was already 41 and had a son old enough to join the U.S. Marines. But the older Fox did not hesitate to enlist as a U.S. Army Chaplain in early 1942.
He would meet the other three of the Immortal Four at Army Chaplains School at Harvard University. Like the other three, Fox enlisted for overseas duty, believing that his World War I combat experience would equip him for ministry among young soldiers.
The USAT Dorchester was a converted passenger liner that was among three troop transport ships that had left New York for Greenland. Heading through “Torpedo Ally,” the ship’s captain had ordered the men to sleep in their clothes with their life vests close by, but the crowded heat of the ship barracks had persuaded many to ignore these orders.
The torpedo strike, which would sink the ship in less than 30 minutes, pushed hundreds of men onto the deck, many unclothed in the February night.
Amid the chaos, as panicking soldiers capsized their crowded lifeboats, while others jumped or fought over life jackets, the chaplains helped people while they calmly witnessed to their faith.
Those among the 200 survivors who saw them would never forget.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?