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Industry News

Ship's Power Outage at Pearl Harbor Spawns Popular War Song

By Ric Teague
LCG, Dec. 7, 2000--Fifty-nine years ago today, the United States Navy's heavy cruiser USS New Orleans (CA-32) was tied up in one of the docks at the Pearl Harbor Navy Yard undergoing minor overhaul. Her boilers were cold and she was receiving electric power through a cable to shore.

When the Japanese sneak attack on Pearl Harbor began, someone on shore disconnected the power cable, on the misguided notion that the ship might want to get underway -- as if she could. That left New Orleans without power when it was needed most to train her guns and operate ammunition hoists.

Onboard the cruiser, her chaplain Lt.(jg) Howell M. Forgy had been thinking about his sermon for that Sunday when the general alarm clanged, and clanged some more. A bosun's pipe screeched through the ship's speakers. "All hands to battle stations! All hands to battle stations!"

Forgy said he wasn't buffaloed - this was some admiral's idea of how to see if the Marines were awake after Saturday night liberty.

Now, Forgy was a big guy -- six-two and 220 pounds, without an ounce of fat on him. He had been an all-state tackle on his college football team in Ohio and had worked in the Colorado mines during the depression. He could handle more than his share of anything that came his way.

The chaplain went on deck and was appalled at what he saw. About five hundred yards off his cruiser's starboard quarter he saw USS Arizona (BB-39), a mass of black, oily smoke with her foremast leaning at a drunken angle. Hundreds of oil-covered men were in the water, some swimming, some motionless.

USS West Virginia (BB-48) was moored just forward of Arizona, and it seemed to Forgy that her back had been broken - Weavie's bow and stern were both angled upward. Forward of Weavie, USS Oklahoma (BB-37) was rolling over, her bottom coming into view. Hundreds of her men were in the water and others were scrambling up her side, trying to stay on top of whatever part of the hull was top.

The voice of Lt. E. F. Woodhead rumbled from his barrel chest and cut through the sound of war. "Get over by that ammo hoist. Grab those shells and get them to the guns." Forgy got over by the ammo hoist, and we come to a fork in the road of this tale.

Some sailors have remembered this mountain of a man reaching into a hoist and swinging 100-pound five-inch rounds out to the ammo line, entirely believable of a man who would write that "those devils, coming out of the sky without warning and sending to their death thousands of men of a nation at peace, were violating every rule of God and man."

But Forgy says not so. He was a man of the cloth and forbidden to participate in combat, whatever his personal feelings, and would violate the rules of neither God nor man. He stayed with the exhausted men, he said, slapping their backs as he shouted "Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition."

Forgy's seven-word sermon of Sunday, 7 December 1941, caught the ear of Frank Loesser, who would go on to Broadway fame but was an Army private at the time. He set the words to music, and it became the most popular patriotic song of World War II.

Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition!
Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition!
Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition!

And we'll all stay free!
Praise the Lord and swing into position,
Can't afford to be a politician.
Praise the Lord, we're all between perdition
And the deep blue sea!
Yes, the sky pilot said it,
You've got to give him credit,
For a son-of-a-gun of a gunner was he, shouting:
Praise the Lord, we're on a mighty mission!
All aboard! We ain't a-goin' fishin'.
Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition,
And we'll all stay free!

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