Section 2 - Aftermath
Private John McGrath
The Second Coming of Jesus Christ
- Name: John McGrath
- Nationality: American
- Political Affiliation: None
- Education: High School dropout, Albany NY
- DOB: 11/4/1925
- DOD: -
- Known Parahuman Abilities: John McGrath is completely convinced that he is Jesus Christ. He can perform any and all miracles attributed to Christ, or any feat he could realistically believe Christ might have been able to perform.
Private John McGrath from Albany New York hit the beaches of Iwo Jima with the rest of the Fourth Marine Division on February 19 as a “Green Marine” just out of training. When he landed in the middle of the horror that was Iwo Jima, his mind snapped somewhere on the eastern slopes of Mount Suribachi.
McGrath manifested an unusual Talent on February 21, when he resurrected a dead marine near Minami with his touch. “Lazarus, go forth,” McGrath shouted, and the Marine rose up, completely healed from his fatal wounds. From there, it only grew worse. McGrath refused to carry a gun, follow orders or even answer to his name. He called himself “Jesus,” and began to gain a large following on the eastern side of the island. Over 200 Christian Marines deserted, and took to following McGrath at the East Boat Basin; there, he performed miracles. McGrath turned canteen water into wine, transformed field rations into fish, and walked on the water. Even unbelievers could feel the pull of his charisma; it was clear that he would disrupt the war against the Empire even further if he were allowed to continue.
Military authorities arrested him with the assistance of the man he had resurrected, Private Micah Williams. As McGrath saw the lead MP approach, he kissed the Private and said, “I forgive you, Judas.”
McGrath was imprisoned at Leavenworth Prison, where he remains “suffering for the sins of man.” He maintains a huge following of people who believe he is the Second Coming of Christ, though all official Christian organizations (including the Vatican) dispute this claim.
Interestingly enough, McGrath was also the son of a carpenter.
(from Godlike, p. 246, Detwiller and Stolze)