This priest was serving with the US Marines as they fought Moqtada al Sadr’s army in Najaf’s humongous cemetery in some intense close quarters battle. Now this story adds some more details:
“It landed at our feet and had hit my corpsman, my second corpsman, and hit my radio operator and hit one of my squad leaders, about 25 meters behind it,” says Willis.
“Down the line, you could hear everyone yelling ‘incoming,’ and at one point, I remember looking over and the chaplain that was with us,” says Bonnell. “He was walking up and down the lines and it wasn’t even fazing him. A round would go off and blow up and he’d turn around and look and start walking that way to make sure everyone was OK.” That chaplain, Father Paul Shaunessy, blessed the Marines as they fought.