Propelled by spiritual insight

A moment's epiphany was the 'kick in the pants' a GI needed to save a wounded buddy under Nazi fire.

After the September 11 terrorist attacks, much thought has been given to a "new kind of war," one that could involve not only military forces abroad but also civilians at home.

Three American combat veterans spoke to the Sentinel about the spiritual defense they believe protected them in threatening moments.

In The Frosty Gloom that enveloped the Ardennes in the days before the epic Battle of the Bulge in 1944, Jim Crafton's American Army patrol was hit by a burst of Nazi machine-gun fire. Most of the men were killed, and the 20-year-old found himself sprawled on top of his rifle behind a tree.

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Lifted by prayer
November 12, 2001

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