ROCKLAND — War Memorial Post 30, American Legion, will host its annual “Four Chaplains Sunday” ceremony, Sunday, Feb. 2, beginning at 2 p.m., and is inviting all Veterans and the public to join them in this ceremony.
The American Legion District 6 Chaplain, Rev. Dave Franclemont will be recounting the story of four WWII chaplains on board the U.S.A.T. Dorchester. In February 1943 they courageously sacrificed their own lives to save many more after the army transport ship they were riding on with 900 other solders and ship’s crew were torpedoed by a German U-boat while enroute to a U.S. base in Greenland.
Chaplain Dave and other post members will honor the four chaplains aboard: Lt. George L. Fox, a Methodist Minister; Lt. Alexander D. Goode, a Jewish rabbi; Lt. John P. Washington, a Roman Catholic priest; and Lt. Clark V. Poling, a Dutch reformed minister, conducting a commemoration ceremony remembering the events of that fateful night in the cold Atlantic waters off Newfoundland.
The four chaplains were awarded the Purple Heart and Distinguished Service Cross medals in 1944 and memorialized on a U.S. Postage stamp in 1948. In 1951, the Chapel of the Four Chaplains opened in Philadelphia, and in 1960 Congress awarded them the Four Chaplains Medal.
Join the members of War Memorial Post 30, located at 91 Pearl Street in Camden, for this dedication to the self-sacrifice and heroic actions of these four Army chaplains.
Refreshments will be served after the ceremony.
FMI: call the post at 236-3310.