Catholic War Vet Sings ‘God Bless America’ Moments Before Dying of COVID-19

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Currents News Staff

Tom McDermott was a pretty amazing guy. 

He survived polio, nearly became a priest and worked on nuclear submarines. Recently, the 84-year-old Alzheimer’s patient contracted COVID-19. 

His family said their final goodbyes. He was on comfort measures, and there was no expectation he was communicating. 

His lungs were overwhelmed by the virus. His family said he never spoke again. Instead, he sang.

Tom’s family was at home watching a Mass when a call came in from the hospital his last words were carrying a tune: “God Bless America.”