Commander Philip E. Jerauld (at microphone), ship's chaplain for U.S.S. Iwo Jima,
offers a prayer of thanks for the safe return of the Apollo 13 crew members
soon after they arrived aboard the recovery ship.
"O Lord, we joyfully welcome back to earth
Astronauts Lovell, Haise, and Swigert, who,
by your Grace, their skill and the skill of many
men, survived the dangers encountered on
their mission and returned to us safe and whole.
We offer our humble thanksgiving for this
successful recovery. Amen"
Standing in the center of the picture, from the left, are astronauts
James A. Lovell Jr., Commander;
Fred W. Haise Jr., Lunar Module Pilot;
and John L. Swigert Jr., Command Module Pilot.
The Apollo 13 Command Module "Odyssey"
down at (CST),
The three astronauts were picked up by helicopter and flown to the U.S.S. Iwo Jima.
Standing at left is Captain Leland E. Kirkemo, Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. Iwo Jima.
Standing behind the chaplain, almost obscured, is Rear Admiral Donald C. Davis,
Commanding Officer of Task Force 130, the Pacific Recovery Force for the Manned Spacecraft Missions.
This photo was taken
by Chaplain Jerauld from the flight deck of the
This is the Iwo Jima cruise patch from that mission