Aloysius Schmitt entered the Navy in 1939 and ended up serving on the USS Oklahoma at Pearl Harbor. He was one of the many trapped when the ship capsized during the December 7 attack. He was in a compartment with many sailors; the compartment had a porthole. He helped many sailors escape through he port hole, and refused to leave when it was his turn, instead helping more sailors escape.
He was the first US Chaplain to die in World War II. He would not be the last.
Rest in Peace, Padre. To you and your comrades.