Heroic Pearl Harbor Chaplain, Remains Identified and Laid to Rest After 75 Years

National Catholic Register, Joseph Pronechen: When Archbishop Michael Jackels lifted the chalice during the consecration at a memorial Mass on Oct. 8 in Dubuque, Iowa, many hearts were filled with emotion.

It was the first time this chalice had been used since the 7am Mass aboard the battleship USS Oklahoma docked in Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941.

The chalice belonged to Navy chaplain Father Aloysius Schmitt. The Mass at Christ the King Chapel at Loras College was being held in memory of this heroic chaplain, who died saving others during the attack on Pearl Harbor.

After 75 years, his remains were finally identified this year and brought back to Iowa for burial in Christ the King Chapel. Read more here.