Four Chaplains Sacrificed Their Lives 75 Years Ago

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George L. FoxAlexander D. Goode  Clark V. PolingJohn P. Washington

A legend was born on February 3,1943,when the SS Dorchester. a merchant ship pressed into service as an Army transport vessel was hit by a German torpedo off the coast of Greenland. Of the 904 soldiers and crewman on board 675 died, including Army Chaplain Lt. George L. Fox, Methodist:Lt, Alexander D. Goode, Jewish: Lt. John P. Washington,Roman Catholic: Lt. Clark V. Poling, Dutch Reformed. The four chaplains famously gave up their lifejackets to other soldiers and were last seen linked arn-in-arm offering prayers as the ship sank.

To commemorate their sacrifice the U.S. Postal Service issued a stamp in their likeness in 1948, President Harry Truman dedicated the Chapel of the Four Chaplains in Philadelphia in 1951, and Congress established Four Chaplains Day in 1988. Each of the Four Chaplains received a posthumous Purple Heart and Distinguished Service Cross in 1944.


American Legion District 8 Four Chaplains Memorial Service will be held on Sunday February 4, 2018 at 1:00 P.M. @ the Emmanuel Congregational Church, 140 Bridge St in Beverly,MA and will be followed by a collation @ the Spear Post 131, 3 Judson St Beverly,MA. This event will be hosted bt the Spear Post 331 and the Cadigan Post 46 of Beverly Farms



Department of Maine AMVETS 2018 Department Convention

The State Convention will be held in Augusta Me at the Senator Inn & Spa on June 1,2,&3 2018

Reservations can be made by calling the Senator Inn & Spa at 207-622-5804, or fax 207-622-8803. Contacts are Stacy Barnes & Heather Horn.

Room Rates will be $109.00 +9% tax = $118.81 for a room with one queen sizebed,$119.00 + tax =$128.71 for a king or DD room.

Deadline for registering for rooms will be 2018, Please follow this as printed. Book early going on last years needs, Can cancel if not needed.

Free Continental breakfast. There is a full restaurant at the Senator.

As I asked last year, please if the Post, Unit or Squadron will be booking rooms let ONE person be in charge. Check out time will be 1:00 P.M Sunday. Each Post will be responsible for their hospitality room.

The Senator & Spa has requested that all Post who pay for their delegates PLEASE send in the names of the delegates when they book their rooms so they can be together.


The Senator has only two such rooms


Friday night June 1, 2018 Opening Ceremonies will be held in the Embassy room starting at 7:00 P.M. Memorial Service will follw about 15 minutes later.All Hospitality rooms will be closed at 6:15 P.M.till the Memorial Service is over.

AMVETS Meeting will begin at 9:15 A.M. in the Embassy Room both Saturday and Sunday

Auxiliary will meet in the State Room on Saturday and Sunday

Sons of AMVETS will meet in the Board Room on Saturday and Sunday

Registration will be in the hallway near the Embassy Room

AMVETS resistration fee will be $15.00

Banquet will be in the Ballroom(Embassy Room & State Room) on Saturday night, social hour starts at 5:00 P.M.

At 6:00 P,M, head table will be announced, escorted to their seats/Speakers will follow the meal, Awards to follow.


Ads for the Convention Book are the same as in the past, $100 for a full page,$75.00 for a 1/2 page,$59.00 for a 1/4 page, $25,00 for for a business card.

Please ask your vendors and local businesses to support the AMVETS convention.

All checks for ads got to Paul Anderson at 12 Runnels Ave Old Orchard Me 04064    Send your ads to Mr Richard Thibodeau E-mail: or mail to 100 Stockton St #239 Chelsea Ma 02150.  All Ads have to be into Mr, Thibodeau’s hand by April 15,2018

Once again I ask all of the AMVETS Family to PLEASE respect the Hotel Staff and all other guest you meet . We can only make ONE first impression on those we meet. That is what they will remember.

Any Questions Please contact  Rod Anderson at e-Mail: 45Rodanderson or by phone at 207-222-2756 or 207-318-5290. Mailing address id Rodney A Anderson 190 Libby Ave, Gorham Me 04038

Commanders;Please share this information with the Ladies Auxiliary and the Sons of AMVETS

Rodney A, Anderson

AMVETS Convention Chairman

Ready. Set. Register! Big savings when you register early.

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