Praise Phrase

"Forgy was a chaplain aboard the cruiser New Orleans when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. As the Japanese planes roared overhead, it was discovered that the man with the keys to the ammunition locker had gone ashore. A group of crewmen managed to break into the locker, only to face a second obstacle -- the power ammunition hoist was out of action. So the men, Forgy among them, formed a human chain, passing the shells from hand to hand up to the gun deck. Noticing that some of the men were weakening under the weight of the shells, Forgy slapped his neighbor on the back and cried, 'Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition!'"

["This catchphrase became the title of a popular song and was later adapted, when London was under attack from Hitler's flying bombs, as 'Praise the Lord and keep the engine running' -- said by Londoners as they waited for the engine to cut out, followed by ominous silence before the sound of the explosion."]

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