Saint Michael the Archangel, whose name means “one who is like God,” led the army of angels who cast Satan and the rest of the rebellious angels into Hell. The patron of soldiers and battles, through his intercession and protection, has provided angelic help for countless military personnel around the world for millennia.

One account of Saint Michael’s protection is that of a young United States Marine, who prayed to him every morning. Separated from his unit after a blizzard during the Korean War, he was caught face to face with seven enemy soldiers who had guns drawn ready to fire. Only thanks to the Archangel did he miraculously survive the ensuing shootout. The prayer the soldier said daily is known as the Michael of the morning prayer:

Michael, Michael of the morning,
Fresh corps of Heaven adorning,
Keep me safe today,
And in time of temptation
Drive the devil away.

That soldier, who renames nameless, recounted the miraculous tale in a letter to his mother as he recovered in a hospital. Navy Chaplain Father Walter Muldy received a copy of this letter and speaking to the soldier, his mother, and the leader of his unit, confirmed the veracity of the story.

Listen below to Father Walter Muldy himself reading the letter from a radio show recording dated December 23th, 1964, or read the miraculous tale for yourself:

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  1. Just one detail that you could check. As far as I know, the name Michael actually is “Who is like God?” It is a challenge to Satan and a typical Jewish way of making a point by asking a question with an obvious answer. Moses for example asked the Jews “Shall I give you water by striking this rock?” He was punished by God for his lack of faith.

  2. Necessary to correct you, Sir. Michael does not mean, “One who is like God.” This would be a blast for me, it would equate Michael as being like God. Michael means something totally different and it is in fact a question. Michael means, quotation mar this would be a blast for me, it would equate Michael as being like God. Michael means something totally different and it is in fact a question. Michael means, “Quis et Deus? – “Who is like God.” It is the what he proclaimed to Lucifer as he said, “Non Serbian!” – “I will not serve.”

  3. “God does things for us . . . ” in one instance was giving an infantryman newly arrived in Vietnam a job in the finance office.

    In Normandy my uncle was a combat infantryman KIA. His mom, my grandmother, lived with us 35 some years and her rosary was well used. Whoever’s prayers they were, God said ok.

    In Vietnam I was a personnel specialist. One day I happened to look at the identification numbers on the replacement list. Maybe an angel compelled me to look there, but one soldier’s number was almost the same as mine. I looked at the name and he was a classmate from high school and college, an accounting major.

    His 11D infantry mortarman specialty became payroll.

  4. Michael of the morning prayer:

    Michael, Michael of the morning,
    Fresh corps of Heaven adorning,
    Keep me safe today,
    And in time of temptation
    Drive the devil away.

      • Archangel Michael’s Traveling Protection Prayer:

        Lord* Michael before,
        Lord Michael behind,
        Lord Michael to the right,
        Lord Michael to the left,

        Lord Michael above,
        Lord Michael below,
        Lord Michael, Lord Michael wherever I go!

        I AM his love protecting here!
        I AM his love protecting here!
        I AM his love protecting here!

        *(Lord is used in this prayer as a term of honor, denoting that Archangel Michael carries the power and presence of God.)

      • The Book of Daniel 12
        King James Version

        1 And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book.

        2 And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.

        3 And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.

        4 But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.

        5 Then I Daniel looked, and, behold, there stood other two, the one on this side of the bank of the river, and the other on that side of the bank of the river.

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  14. I had tears in my eyes as I read this. I have never seen an angel but I believe they are always with us helping us. This is a wonderful story that just brought me to tears. Before starting on a journey I always say “Blessed are they who come in the name of the Lord”, who knows maybe an angel might just give me some company. Truly thankful to God and His angels for their support. This is a remarkable story. 😀

  15. so god hates koreans? im confused. god is for all in whatever name is used. so he is fine with American soldiers killing people. but against koreans? god is political and chooses a country? all the evil was usa has fought for land and money. the racism of its people hate towards one another. disregard of human life because we prefer having guns for all. and god still sides with us in all universe. he choosed 1 country?


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