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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

NUMBER: 1473
AUTHOR: James H. O’Neill
QUOTATION: Almighty and most merciful Father, we humbly beseech Thee, of Thy great goodness, to restrain these immoderate rains with which we have had to contend. Grant us fair weather for Battle. Graciously hearken to us as soldiers who call upon Thee that, armed with Thy power, we may advance from victory to victory, and crush the oppression and wickedness of our enemies, and establish Thy justice among men and nations. Amen.
ATTRIBUTION: Colonel JAMES H. O’NEILL, prayer for good weather, December 1944.—Ladislas Farago, Patton, Ordeal and Triumph, chapter 36, p. 690 (1964).

General George S. Patton, Jr., ordered Colonel O’Neill, chaplain of the Third Army, to produce this prayer.