U.S. Military Chaplain (Roman Catholic) conducts mass on pier in Weymouth harbor, England, 3 days before D-Day
Weymouth England Date:1944, June 3 Duration:3 min 10 sec Sound:NO SOUND
U.S. troops and Coast Guardsmen assemble for religious service on a pier in the port of Weymouth, England, three days before the invasion of Normandy, France, in World War 2. A Roman Catholic Military Chaplain conducts the mass. Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L) numbers 89 and 93 are tied up at the dock in the background. (These craft are part of LCI(L) Floltilla 10, operated by the United States Coast Guard.) A small dog stands at the feet of the Chaplain, as he conducts the mass. The service finishes as the Chaplain administers the sacrament of Holy Communion (Eucharist) to the troops. In concluding scenes, U.S. Landing Craft Infantry are seen underway from England, to join Assault Groups for the invasion of Normandy, France. One of the craft is seen to be Number 87 and another number 495.
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