US Sen. Christopher Murphy and US Sen. Richard Blumenthal have recently introduced a Senate Resolution asking the Navy to posthumously award the Navy Cross to the Chaplain of the USS Indianapolis, Lt. (Rev.) Thomas M Conway. Lt. Conway kept the men together, singing, praying and urging them that help was on the way, before he died after 96 hours in the water. BY all accounts, Chaplain Conway helped so many men survive their time in water by giving them hope, offering prayers, and reminding them that help will come.
The Senate Resolution honoring Lt. Conway was introduced by the two US Senators from Connecticut, on July 19, 2013. Lt. Conway was born and raised in Waterbury, Connecticut. The effort is led by members of the Waterbury Veterans Memorial Committee, Col. John G. Chiarella, Chairman. Lt. Conway was the last Chaplain to die in World War II.
Bill Milhomme wrote a great story about the Chaplain of the USS Indianapolis, Lt. (Rev.) Thomas M. Conway. IT was previoulsy posted but with permission I'll repost it for those that are interested.