Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition

Did you ever wonder about the story of this song?

Over on the ‘treaty cruiser’ USS New Orleans (CA-32)……. Lt.(jg) Howell Forgy, the Chaplin never got the service going that morning ….. (Dec 7, 1941) the ship was at berth 1010 in the Shipyard for major repairs on the ships engines …. soon they lost shore power ….

The crew manned their 5″ guns but the ammo hoists were down …. so other sailors formed a human chain…. and soon were passing 85 lbs shells – hand-to-hand – from the magazines up through the ship and out to the 5″ mounts ….. it was stressful work, and some were tiring … all Morphy could do was encourage them …. and out of no where he calledย  out ….. “Praise the Lord… and pass the ammunition”ย  .….. it soon became the title of a popular wartime song ….

23 thoughts on “Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition”

          1. You’re right, I think, in this case it is either the internet or WP because I usually open videos coming from the US… oh well… This evening is Wine Time, so everything will be resolved. Cheers!

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  1. The song was written by Frank Loesser, a prolific writer of such hits as BABY IT’S COLD OUTSIDE and WHAT ARE YOU DOING NEW YEAR’S EVE, and musicals like GUYS AND DOLLS. According to music-of-that-era authority Warren Vachรฉ, Loesser wrote this song’s lyrics based on words spoken during the Pearl Harbor bombing by Navy Chaplain William Maquire, which is not the same name as the one in this post. I don’t know which name is correct, but in any case, the song was a real spirit-lifter.

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