Thursday, February 03, 2005

On this day in military 1943

On this day in military 1943. The Four Chaplains of the the USS Dorchester go down with the ship. The Four Chaplains of the Dorchester, George L. Fox, a Methodist minister; Alexander D. Goode, a Jewish rabbi; Clark V. Poling, a minister of the Dutch Reformed Church, and John P. Washington, a Roman Catholic priest were crossing the Atlantic ocean on the USS Dorchester with troops for the war effort in Europe. The captain of the ship had instructed the troops on board to sleep with their life jackets since enemy submarines were believed to be in the vicinity. When the submarine's torpedo hit, there was mass confusion since many of the troops on board had not heeded the captain's instructions and were frantically looking for their life jackets. The chaplains gave up their lifejackets to soldiers who did not have any and refused to board the already overcrowded lifeboats, thereby sealing their deaths as the ship went down. It is said that as the ship sank, the chaplains could be see on deck, holding hands and praying.


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