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The CATHOLIC TRADITIONALIST MOVEMENT®, literally grown "from
the grassroots" as early as 1964, was publicly launched on
March 15, 1965, by Father Gommar A. De Pauw, J.C.D., then a professor
of theology and Canon Law, and Academic Dean at Mount St. Mary's Major
Seminary in Emmitsburg, Maryland, and theological advisor at the Second
Vatican Council in Rome. Subsequently, and at the direction of Francis
Cardinal Spellman, then the Roman Catholic archbishop of New York,
the Movement was incorporated under the laws of the State of New York
as a non-profit, educational organization "to provide the Catholic
laity with all information necessary for the correct understanding and
implementation of the Second Vatican Council's decisions in full conformity
with the traditional doctrine and practices of the Roman Catholic Church,"
Ever since 1968 when, as a result of erroneous interpretations and implementations
of the Second Vatican Council's decisions, the centuries-old Sacrifice
of the Mass became threatened with extinction, the C.T.M., as the
Movement is commonly known, has concentrated its efforts on the maintaining
of the completely unchanged Latin Roman Catholic Mass, sometimes
called the "Tridentine" Mass, as ordered "in perpetuity"
by St. Pope Pius V in 1570.
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Westbury, New York
We are herewith reprinting a copy of a letter written by a young marine
to his mother while he was hospitalized after being wounded on a Korean
battlefield in 1950.
The Navy chaplain, father Walter Muldy, to whom the letter was shown,
thoroughly checked the facts with the young marine and the sergeant in
whose patrol the boy had served.
Having concluded that the facts mentioned in the letter had truly happened,
the chaplain made the letter public for the first time in 1951 before
a gathering of 5,000 marines at the Naval Base in San Diego, California.
Since then the letter has been published in papers and periodicals, and
read on radio and television programs, all over the world.
Originally we had planned to reprint this letter on St. Michael's official
feast day, September 29, 2001, the 50th anniversary of its publication.
But, when on September 11 of last year, our country suddenly found itself
in a war against savage Muslim terrorists, we too, like all Americans,
changed many a plan.
Reviewing our priorities became, indeed, an immediate necessity for us
at CTM - Headquarters, faced with the sad duty to prepare the funeral
of one of our own, who, as one of New York City's "bravest"
firemen, had given his still so young life, trying to save the lives of
others in that World Trade Center inferno,... only hours after attending
his last traditional Latin Mass, with Holy Communion, at our headquarters'
Ave Maria Chapel ... R.I.P. dear Thomas Gambino, Jr. ... forever our own
hero in Heaven ...
And so we are reprinting this "War Record of Michael" a year
later ... With what has already developed since that 9/11, and with ever
increasingly darker clouds coming over the horizon day after day, this
seems to be the right time to do so.
If our country - and, indeed, the entire civilized world, - ever needed
the protection of the Archangel St. Michael, IT NEEDS IT NOW!
September 29, 2002 ..........................................Father
Gommar A. De Pauw, J.C.D.
Feast of St. Michael
The War Record of Michael
I wouldn't dare write this letter to anyone but you because no one else
would believe it. Maybe even you will find it hard but I have got to tell
First off, I am in a hospital. Now don't worry, ya hear me, don't worry.
I was wounded but I'm okay you understand. Okay. The doctor says that
I will be up and around in a month.
But thats not what I want to tell you.
Remember when I joined the Marines last year; remember when I left, how
you told me to say a prayer to St. Michael everyday. You really didn't
have to tell me that. Ever since I can remember you always told me to
pray to St. Michael the Archangel. You even named me after him. Well I
When I got to Korea, I prayed even harder.
Remember the prayer that you taught me?
"Michael, Michael of the morning fresh crop of Heaven adorning,"
you know the rest of it. Well I said it everyday. Sometimes when I was
marching or sometimes resting. But always before I went to sleep. I even
got some of the other fellas to say it.
Well, one day I was with an advance detail way up over the front lines.
We were scouting for the Commies. I was plodding along in the bitter cold,
my breath was like cigar smoke.
I thought I knew every guy in the patrol, when along side of me comes
another Marine I never met before. He was bigger than any other Marine
I'd ever seen. He must have been 6'4" and built in proportion. It
gave me a feeling of security to have such a body near.
Anyway, there we were trudging along. The rest of the patrol spread out.
Just to start conversation I said, "Cold ain't it." And then
I laughed. Here I was with a good chance of getting killed any minute
and I am talking about the weather.
My companion seemed to understand. I heard him laugh softly.
I looked at him, "I have never seen you before, I thought I knew
every man in the outfit."
"I just joined at the last minute", he replied. "The name
"Is that so," I said surprised. "That is my name too."
"I know," he said and then went on, "Michael, Michael of
the morning ..."
I was too amazed to say anything for a minute. How did he know my name,
and a prayer that you had taught me? Then I smiled to myself, every guy
in the outfit knew about me. Hadn't I taught the prayer to anybody who
would listen. Why now and then, they even referred to me as St. Michael.
Neither of us spoke for a time and then he broke the silence.
"We are going to have some trouble up ahead."
He must have been in fine physical shape or he was breathing so lightly
I couldn't see his breath. Mine poured out in great clouds. There was
no smile on his face now. Trouble ahead, I thought to myself, well with
the Commies all around us, that is no great revelation.
Snow began to fall in great thick globs. In a brief moment the whole
countryside was blotted out. And I was marching in a white fog of sticky
particles. My companion disappeared.
"Michael," I shouted in sudden alarm.
I felt his hand on my arm, his voice was rich and strong, "This will
His prophecy proved to be correct. In a few minutes the snow stopped as
abruptly as it had begun. The sun was a hard shining disc.
I looked back for the rest of the patrol, there was no one in sight. We
lost them in that heavy fall of snow. I looked ahead as we came over a
Mom, my heart stopped. There were seven of them. Seven Commies in their
padded pants and jackets and their funny hats. Only there wasn't anything
funny about them now. Seven rifles were aimed at us.
"Down Michael," I screamed and hit the frozen earth.
I heard those rifles fire almost as one. I heard the bullets. There was
Michael still standing.
Mom, those guys couldn't have missed, not at that range. I expected to
see him literally blown to bits.
But there he stood, making no effort to fire himself. He was paralyzed
with fear. It happens sometimes, Mom, even to the bravest. He was like
a bird fascinated by a snake.
At least, that was what I thought then. I jumped up to pull him down and
that was when I got mine I felt a sudden flame in my chest. I often wondered
what it felt like to be hit, now I know..
I remember feeling strong arms around me, arms that laid me ever so gently
on a pillow of snow. I opened my eyes, for one last look. I was dying.
Maybe I was even dead, I remember thinking well, this is not so bad.
Maybe I was looking into the sun. Maybe I was in shock. But it seemed
I saw Michael standing erect again only this time his face was shining
with a terrible splendor.
As I say, maybe it was the sun in my eyes, but he seemed to change as
I watched him. He grew bigger, his arms stretched out wide, maybe it was
the snow falling again, but there was a brightness around him like the
wings of an angel. In his hands was a sword. A sword that flashed with
a million lights.
Well, that is the last thing I remember until the rest of the fellas came
up and found me. I do not know how much time had passed. Now and then
I had but a moment's rest from the pain and fever. I remember telling
them of the enemy just ahead.
"Where is Michael," I asked.
I saw them look at one another. "Where's who?" asked one.
"Michael, Michael he big Marine I was walking with just before the
snow squall hit us."
"Kid," said the sergeant, "You weren't walking with anyone.
I had my eyes on you the whole time. You were getting too far out. I was
just going to call you in when you disappeared in the snow."
He looked at me, curiously. "How did you do it kid?"
"How'd I do what?" I asked half angry despite my wound. "This
marine named Michael and I were just ..."
"Son," said the sergeant kindly, " I picked out this outfit
myself and there just ain't another Michael in it. You are the only Mike
He paused for a minute, "Just how did you do it kid? We heard shots.
There hasn't been a shot fired from your rifle. And there isn't a bit
of lead in them seven bodies over the hill there."
I didn't say anything, what could I say. I could only look open-mouthed
with amazement. It was then the sergeant spoke again, "Kid,"
he said gently, "everyone of those seven Commies was killed by a
That is all I can tell you Mom. As I say, it may have been the sun in
my eyes, it may have been the cold or the pain. But that is what happened.