Dorchester was crowded to capacity, carrying servicemen, merchant seamen, and civilian workers. Once a luxury coastal liner, the 5,ton vessel had been converted into an Army transport ship. The Dorchester, one of three ships in the SG convoy, was moving steadily across the icy waters from Newfoundland toward an American base in Greenland.
We would like to thank all of our Members and Friends of the Chapel who have purchased bricks for our Lost at Sea Memorial. Once we get approval to expand the Monument we will reinstate the donor function. Thank You. Questions call:. He graduated with a B. Goode had originally applied to become a Navy chaplain in , but was not accepted. However, after the attack on Pearl Harbor, he applied to become an Army chaplain.
Goode received his appointment on July 21, and went on active duty on August 9, To prepare for entrance into the priesthood, he completed high school and college courses at Seton Hall, in South Orange, New Jersey. Washington graduated in with an A. Shortly after Pearl Harbor, Washington received his appointment as an Army chaplain.
He reported for active duty on May 9, , and was assigned to the 76th Infantry Division in Ft. George Meade, Maryland in June. The Dorchester left New York on Jan. The vessel carried a total of service members. This included orders for the men to sleep in their clothing and keep their life jackets on most of the time.
Many also opted not to wear their life jackets due to how bulky and uncomfortable these were. On Feb. As darkness set in, so did panic, as many men were trapped below decks. In the midst of this chaos, the chaplains worked together to try and instill calm and also help as many men as they could. This cooperation was deemed extraordinary at the time due to the four being from such different backgrounds and beliefs.
When the supply of life jackets ran out before each man had one, the chaplains removed their own life jackets and gave them to others. The chaplains also helped as many men as they could into lifeboats. Petty Officer John J. The petty officer later realized the sacrifice Rabbi Goode had made: the rabbi had not had two pairs of gloves, but given his only gloves to Mahoney with the intention to remain on the Dorchester. As he floated in the frigid Arctic water, surrounded by debris, oil, and dead bodies, Pvt.
William B. I could also hear the chaplains preaching courage. Their voices were the only thing that kept me going. The flares had lighted everything. The bow came up high and she slid under. The last thing I saw, the four chaplains were up there praying for the safety of the men.
They had done everything they could. I did not see them again. They themselves did not have a chance without their life jackets. Because the water temperature was 34 degrees and the air temperature was 36 degrees, hundreds of men died due to hypothermia before rescue ships came. Of the men aboard the ship, only were rescued. On Dec.
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Therefore, members of Congress decided to authorize a special medal intended to have the same weight and importance as the Medal of Honor. This award, the Four Chaplains' Medal, was approved by a unanimous act of Congress on July 14, , through Public law of the 86th Congress. The medals were presented posthumously to the next of kin of each of the Four Chaplains by Secretary of the Army Wilber M. Brucker at Ft. Myer, Virginia on January 18, In some cases, official proclamations establish observances at other times: for example, North Dakota legislation requests that the Governor issue an annual proclamation establishing the first Sunday in February as "Four Chaplains Sunday.
This stamp is highly unusual, because until , U. The stamp went through three revisions before the final design was chosen. None of the names of the chaplains were included on the stamp, nor were their faiths although the faiths had been listed on one of the earlier designs : instead, the words on the stamp were "These Immortal Chaplains Interfaith in Action.
Truman to honor these chaplains of different faiths in the basement of Grace Baptist church in Philadelphia. In , that congregation moved to Blue Bell, and sold the building to Temple University. Today Temple University is renovating that building.
Although the Chapel was dedicated as an All-Faiths Chapel, no Catholic priest took part in the dedication ceremony, because, as Msgr. Its official mission statement is "to further the cause of 'unity without uniformity' by encouraging goodwill and cooperation among all people. The organization achieves its mission by advocating for and honoring people whose deeds symbolize the legacy of the Four Chaplains aboard the U.
Dorchester in Additionally, it sponsors an "Emergency Chaplains Corps" to provide support for first responders in disaster situations, and scholarship competitions for graduating high school seniors, focusing on the values of "inclusion, cooperation, and unity" exemplified by the Four Chaplains story. The Immortal Chaplains Foundation was incorporated in October as a Minnesota non-profit corporation.
The organization's goal is "to honor individuals, both past and present, whose lives exemplify the compassion of the four 'Immortal Chaplains' and who have risked all to protect others of different faith or ethnicity. David, an African-American Coast Guardsman on board the Coast Guard Cutter Comanche, who rescued many of the Dorchester survivors, later dying from pneumonia as a result of his efforts.
Unfortunately, the establishment of the Immortal Chaplains Foundation included some controversy, when The Chapel of Four Chaplains sued Fox to prevent him and his new group from using the phrase "The Four Chaplains" or the image of them that appeared on the U. See more memorials at the source. Please remember the Canteen is here to honor, support and entertain our troops and their families.
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Whole operation took just barely over an hour during the sweet spot between the end of active snow and the beginning of stiff NW winds. I happened to hear it on the radio this morning. Hello Veterans, wherever you are!! No wind today and that helped a lot. Not too bad, those 3 inches of snow. You could have had a lot more to shovel off the deck this morning.
You got lucky! For a while it looked like there would be a lot more, but you still got plenty to give your snow blower a good workout. I hope the power never got knocked out, though you were ready for it if that happened. Navigation: use the links below to view more comments. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works. Matthew — Teach [these words of mine] to your children.
Deal with it! Hope you have too! Good evening, lightman Did you get to use your snow plow? Great story, brave men dedicated to God and their troops, thanks Kathy! Howdy, Kathy. These heroes threads always take my breath away. This one brought tears to my eyes. How much snow did you wind up with?
Yes, I did. Did I ever! Thanks, mountainlion, for the reminder. Good evening, radu What a beautiful story of these four heroes! They really do deserve our attention. May they Rest In Peace Hey there, Kathy. LOL Not too bad, those 3 inches of snow.