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Re: Four Chaplains Day! - Forwarded!

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  • bucksburg
    The life jackets the four chaplains surrendered wouldn t have been of any help to them, unless they were required wear for admission to a lifeboat. With air
    Message 1 of 2 , Feb 14, 2013
      The life jackets the four chaplains surrendered wouldn't have been of any help to them, unless they were required wear for admission to a lifeboat. With air and water temperatures near freezing, everyone not in a lifeboat died of hypothermia anyway, the life jackets merely serving to keep the bodies afloat until they could be recovered.

      Daniel B.

      --- In Maury_and_Baty@yahoogroups.com, "rlbaty50" wrote:
      > Tomorrow is a national holiday that will probably pass unnoticed. No, not
      > Super Bowl Sunday; that's more like a High Holy Day.
      > I'm referring to Four
      > Chaplains Day, memorializing an event that occurred 70 years ago, on
      > February 3, 1943.
      > Shortly after midnight, the USAT Dorchester, with 904
      > troops and crew aboard, was torpedoed by a German submarine off the coast of
      > Newfoundland.
      > Only 230 of those aboard survived, with most of the casualties
      > dying of hypothermia.
      > George L. Fox lied about his age to enlist in the Army during WWI where he
      > was awarded several medals, including the Purple Heart. He was ordained a
      > Methodist minister in 1934, and reentered the Army as a Chaplain in 1942.
      > Alexander D. Goode was a Jewish Rabbi and the son of a Rabbi. He was
      > educated at Hebrew Union College and earned the PhD at Johns Hopkins. After
      > Pearl Harbor he volunteered as an Army Chaplain.
      > Clark V. Poling was the son of a Baptist minister. Educated at Yale Divinity
      > School, he volunteered as an Army Chaplain because he wanted to face the
      > same dangers other men were facing.
      > John P. Washington, a Catholic priest, was educated at Seton Hall and
      > Immaculate Conception Seminary.
      > When the Dorchester, originally a cruise ship designed to carry 400
      > passengers and crew, was torpedoed, many troops were trapped below decks and
      > confusion reigned.
      > The Four Chaplains quickly began to restore calm, escort
      > the troops to the top deck, and see that they had life jackets and a place
      > in the lifeboats.
      > When the life jackets were all gone, the four men took off
      > their own jackets and gave them to the troops.
      > When they were last seen,
      > they were standing arm-in-arm, saying prayers, and singing hymns as they
      > went down with the ship. All four were First Lieutenants, newly graduated
      > from Army Chaplain School at Harvard, and on their way to their first
      > European assignments.
      > All were awarded the Purple Heart posthumously, but
      > were denied the Medal of Honor on the technicality that they were not under
      > fire while performing their heroic deeds.
      > Two Protestant pastors, a Rabbi, and a priest. I will remember those heroes
      > tomorrow when I look in the mirror and wonder....
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