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PAGE EIGHT Army Sergeant Gives Details Of Death Of First American Chaplain In Africa Area Carthagena, O. (IC)--The Very he fortress were silenced. Be- Rev. Joseph M. Marling, C.PP.S., fore that came about I had been Provincial of the American Pro- wounded myself by a piece of vince of the Society of the Preclous flying shrapnel. Blood, has received fror Staff "I am very happy to be able tO Sergeant Charles Marlin, of Day- give this account of Father Falter's ton, O., a detailed account of the death to the members of his re- heroic death of the Rev. Clement ligious community, and to his lVL Falter, C.PP.S., first Ameri- relatives. It will be a long time can army chaplain to be killed in before I shall forget him. He the war in Africa. meant much to us Catholic boys, Sergt. Marlin, a member of Holy and also to the non-Catholic boys Family Parish, Dayton, told h_W in'he battalion. I know that all Father Falter in$tsted upon gomg the boys will be just as pleased with the troops in the landing ,at as I was, when I learned that the Fedala, North Africa. He saw the Government had awrd'ed the burst of the shrapnel shell which Purple Heart to Father post- brought death to Father FaiLer humously. If any man ever de- and several members of his party, served it, he did." "Father Falter joined our corn- = : = ' puny in 'August at Fort Ord. Calif- CANDIDATES ornia," Sergeant Marlin said. "He was with us at Camp Pickett, Vir- (Continued from page 5) ginia, during September and Oc- lege education and his Theological tober. He sailed with us for North Training. Received Tonsure and Africa. He was a leal friend to Minor Orders in the years 1940, the boys at all times. He was always in good spirits. Just to 1941, and 1942 successively. The have him around was invigorating Most'Rev. Bishop Morris, D.D., of and bracing in itself. Especially Little Rock conferred on him the was this the case on the trip to first two major orders on Novem- North Africa. If any chaplain was ber 1 and December 8 last year. a real father to the boys it was On the morning of February 14, Fatller Falter. the Rev. John C. O'Dwyer was "We reached the African coast raised to the Holy Priesthood by just after dark. The French gar- His Excellency The Most Rev. rison seemingly did not know that John B. Morris, D.D., at St. An- we were there until about mid- drew's Cathedral, Little Rock. He night. Then the lights on shore will labor in the missions of Ark- suddenly went out, and we knew nsas. we had been detected. There was Father O'Dwyer will sing his no question of sleep that night as First Solemn Mass on Sunday you can imagine. About midnight morning, February 21, at St. Ed- I went up to the battalion office, ward's Church, Texarkana, Ark- A number of men and officers were ansas. Archpriest will be the Rev. gathered there, and with them was Thomas H. Lillis, Deacon the Rev. Father Falter. He looked very John M. Bann and Subdeacon Mr. serious as I entered A eonversa- Raymond L. O'Dwyer. The Rev. tion was going on, and' the boys H. J. Chinery, assistant at St. were arguing with Father Falter Andrew's Cathedral, Little Rock, that he should not go with them will be Master of Ceremonies. into the barges in the morning on Altar boys, relatives of the newly their first eJfort ,to land and,.hold ordained, will carry on the minor the shore. They wanted 'him to offices of the Mass. The Rev. remain on ,the transport until it John J. Druhan, S.J., Pastor of was safer. Father Falter was St. John's Parish, Shreveport, vigorous in asserting that he would Louisiana, will preach the sermon. go wherever the boys went. He Father O'DwTer's family hs was not there, he protested, to been living for the past eight years look after his own safety, but af- at Shreveport, Louisiana, being ter the welfare of the men. If the members of St. John's Parish, men would be in danger he would where the Rev. John C. O'Dwyer be at their side. will sing a Solemn High Mass "We were supposed to land on February 28, 1943, at 9:30 A.M. the shore, from our barges, at six The Pastor the Rev. John J. Dru- o'clock on Sunday morning. But hun, S.J., will be Deacon and something went wrong and we Preacher at the Mass and the Rev: were delayed. We entered the George T. Day, S.J., will be Sb- landirg barges at six o'clock and deacon. Mr. Raymond L. O'Dwy- proceeded in them to the shore, er, will be Master of Ceremonies. sbout three-quarters of a mile Minor Offices will be filled by away, in water that was quite Parish altar boys. rough. Father O'Dwyer has a brother, "Our company got into two land- Raymond L. O'Dwyer, studying ing barges. Father Falter and I for the priesthood at St. John's Seminary. were not in the same barge. The last person to whom I spoke as I REVEREND JOSEPH PEYCIIAUD left was Father Falter. We had GRESHAM been quite rgood friends. All the A candidate for the Diocese of Nashville, Tenn., the Rev. Joseph way over he was teasing me about p. Gresham entered St. John's finding a pair of coveralls for him Seminary in the year 1937. He that would fit. We were supposed was initiated in the Clerical State to land in coveralls. I was on in the spring of 1940 and pro- ordnance duty. But I could' not rooted to Minor Orders in the two find a pair for Father. He landed following years. He received Sub- simply in his army uniform. As diaconate on November 1 and Dia- I was stepping into the barge Fath- conate December 8, 1942, both at er Falter said to me: 'Good bye, the hands of the Most Rev. Bishop Sergeant, and good luck. If you of Little Rock. After a week's do not come back what do you retreat at St. John's Seminary, he want me to tell her?' The refer- was raised to the Holy Priesthood ence was to my wife, about whom by His Excellency The Most Rev. I had ften spoken to him. William L. Adrian, D.D., Bishop "Our barges were in the water of Nashville, Tennessee, on Feb- for two hours. My barge was al- ruary 2, J1943, at his Parish ways close to Father Falter's, and Church of Our Lady of Perpetual we actually touched shore side by Help, Chattanooga, Tennessee. side. We were fire ell the Father Gresham sung his First while, and as we neared the shore Solemn Mass in the same Parish a squadron of French planes flew- Church last Sunday, February 7. Gverhead and bombed us. I saw He was assisted' by the Rev. J. a direct hit scored on one barge. Herald Shea as Archpriest, the It just disappeared. We landed Rev. Francis Eiseman, Deacon, and slightly to the west of Fedale. the Rev. Paul Caldwell, Subdea- We were, therefore, to proceed con. Master of Ceremonies was eastward. As we touched the the Rev. James Kemper. The al- beach the shelling from the fort- tar boys of the Parish performed ress in the town became excep- minor ceremonies. The sermon of tionally,*heavy, the day was in charge of the Rt. "I had taken but a few steps in Rev. Msgr. Francis T. Sullivan. the sand when I chanced to look in Father Gresham is the son of Father Falter's direction. It was Mr. George E. Gresham and the very close to 8 a.m. Just then a late Louise Peychaud. He re- shell from a French 75 mm gun ceived Elementary and High landed near Father Falter and the School training at Notre Dame group with him. I distinctly saw Academy, Chattanooga, Ten- Father fall, and quite a few about nessee, and his College education him. They were killed by frag- at the University of Chattanooga. ments of the exploding shell. Lat- Father Gresham studied two years er I learned that Father was struck Post-graduate at St. Charles Col- in the head, and killed instantly, lege Baltimore, Maryland and en- I could not think of going to him tered St. John's Seminary in 1937. at the moment. The shelling grew in ferocity. I dropped to my hands REVEREND JOHN P. BALTZ nd knees and made my way The Reverend John P. Baltz is along the beach in that fashion, one of the four priests ordained by "It was noon before the guns in His Excellency the Most Rev. Wil- PITTSBURGH PLATE GLASS COMPANY 419 W. Capitol ,  . Ph?e 4-1661 LITTLE ROCK, ARKANSAS THE GUARDIAN, FEBRUARY 19, 1943 ............. ' ....................................... T Priests Of The Diocese Of Little Rock This picture does not show some of the younger priests of the Diocesan Clergy. But since it is the only and latest picture of its kind, it is given here on its own worth as a fine picture. Front row--left to right: Chaplain Edward J. McCormick, Rev. Stephen F. Jacklin, Rev. John E. Murphy, Rev. Jos. N. Doyle, Rev. F_ward R, Maloy, Rev. Claiborne Lafferty, Chaplain Francis X. Murphy, Rev. James Nugent, Rev. Joseph Walshe, Rev. Francis J. Kilpatrick, Rev. J. J. Mulligan, Rev. James Allen, Rev. Lawrence Maus and Rev. Charles Stanowski. Second rowleft 1o right: Very Rev. Msgr. A. Demurger, Rt. Rev. Msgr. John J. Healy, Rt. Rev. Msgr. Francis A. Allen, Rt. Rev. Msgr. James P. liam L. Adrian, D.D., on the Feast of the Purification, at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, Chat- tanocga, Tenn. Father Baltz celebrated his First Mass last Sunday, February 7, in St. Patrick's Church, Nashville, Tenn. The Pastor, Rev. William Wiley, assisted him as Archpriest. Two uncles of the newly ordained, the Rev. Fentan Baltz, O.S.B., and the Rev. Alfred Baltz, O.S.B., were Deacon and Subdeacon of the YIss respectively. The Rev. .francis McRedmond' was Master of Ceremonies. The Parish altar boys discharged the minor offices o$ the Mass. The Rev. Merlin F. Kearney preached the sermon. Father Baltz is the eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. John P. Baltz.: He was born on May 30, 1917, and re- ceived elementary training at St. Patrick's School, Nashville, Tenn. Attended Father Ryan and Schoot High School. Studied JunioriCol- lege at St. Bernard's College, Cull- man, Alabama. He entered St. John's Seminary in the autumn of 1937 where he studied his phil- osophical and Theological Courses. Father Baltz will labor in the Mis- sion Field of Tennessee. His aunt, Sister M. Agnes Clara, O.S.F., is stationed at Shelby, Ohio. During his Seminary training at St. John's, Father Baltz was in charge of the Seminary Garden. He applied himself to this task with the same eagerness he dis, charged his scholastic duties. REVEREND JOSEPH BERNARD TARPY The Reverend Joseph B. Tarpy came to St. John's Seminary on September 22, 1937. In the spring of 1940 he received Tonsure and in the two following years the Four Minor Orders. He was pro- moted to Major Orders Nov. 1, 1942 by His Excellency the Most Rev. John B. Morris, D.D., Bishop of Little Rock. He received Dia- conate on Dec. 8, 1942, at the hands of the same Bishop. On Feb- ruary 2, 1943 His Excellency the Most Rev. William L. Atrian, D.D., reised him to the, dignity of the Priesthood at Our Lady of Per- petual Help Church, Chattanooga, Tennessee. His parents and near relatives were present at the Or- dination ceremony. Father Tarpy. celebrated his First Solemn Mass in St. Patrick's Church, McEwen, Tennessee, on the morning of Sunday, February 7. 1943. The Rev. John J. Schelly, Pastor, was Archpriest, the Rev. Edward Iolan, Deacon, and his Classmate_ Rev. Jesse C. Cheney Subdeacon. The Master of Cere- monies was the Rev. George Rob- lidg. Paul E. Tarpy and Joseph Holloran, were servers in charge of the Censer and Boat and Martin Logan and Jimmy Holloran served the Mass. His Excellency the Most Rev. William L. Adrian, D.D., Bishop of Nashville, Tennessee assisted at the Throne and' preach- ed the sermoff of the day. METRAILER AND HART Leaders in Better SHOE REPAIRING And SHOE MAKIN(I at moderate prices SINCE 1899 110 E. 4th St. Phone'4-0716 / Hegarty | Drug Company 4th and Main Sts. Phone 91111 Little Rock, Ark. L J I tJ I Gaffney, Rt. Rev. Msgr. Herman H. Wernke, V.F.,Rt. Rev. Msgr. A. G. Gallagher, V.F., His Excellency, the Most Reverend Auxiliary Bishop, His Excellency, the Most Reverend Bishop, Rev. Win. T. Lallou, retreat master, Rt. Rev. Msgr. W. J. Carroll, V.F., Rt. Rev. Msgr. James P. Moran, deceased, Rt. Rev. Msgr. Jos. A. Gallagher, Rt. Rev. Msgr. Thomas F. Smith, Very Rev. Msgr. A. G. Haeringer, Rev. Walter J. Tynin and Very Rev. Msgr. Otto Loeb, V.F. Third row--left to right: Rev. Patmck M. Lynch, Very Rev. Msgr. James E. O'Connell, Rev. Richard J. McCauley, Rev. Francis X. Prendergast, Rev, M. F. Donovan, Rev. Edward N. Hinckley, Rev. Francis X. Dollarton, Rev. R. J. Marmon, Very Rev. M. J. Norton, V.F., Rev. Jos. M. Hoflinger Rev. J. J. Thompson, Rev. J. Heagney, Rev. P. Bartodziej, Father Tarpy, born on February 20, 1915, in McEwen, Tennessee, is the son of Mr. and Mrs. John M. Tarpy; attended Elementary School at Fews Chapel and St. Patrick, McEwen, Tennessee, High School at Father Ryan's High School and Junior College at St. Bernard's College Cullman, Ala- bama where he graduated June, 1937. Today he is a member of the clergy of the Diocese of Nash, "ville, Tenn. \\; \\; Rev. Charles Hertel, Rev. John A. Flaherty, de- ceased, Rev. Henry W. Nix, Very Rev. Charles B. McCoy, V.F., Rev. Jos. C. Fe]dkamp, and Very Rev. Gregory H. Keller, V.F. Fourth row--left to right: Rev. Louis Janesko, Rev. Thos. J. Prendergast, Rev. Charles McCauley, Very Rev. Msgr. Edward P. Garrity, Rev. Jos. M. Burns, Rev. Paul F. Desmond, Rev. Thos. P. Lillis, Rev. L. F. Schaefer, Very Rev. Msgr. Thos. L. Keany, Rev. Jos. A. Murray, Rev. Jos. G. Laughlin, leo. Thos. P. 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