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