The four interfaith army chaplains protestant, catholic and jewish worked together to save countless lives after the troop ship carrying over 900 men was torpedoed by a german uboat in the dark of a frigid night off the coast of newfoundland. In 1943, the chaplains transport ship was hit by a torpedo from a german submarine. Their example calmed down the ships men when the electrical system failed. The freighter rose and fell sluggishly at her pier, with the dark waves slapping at her sides. They helped other soldiers board lifeboats and gave up their own life jackets when the supply ran out. We have great love for the four chaplains, and we feel its our obligation to uphold their legacy, said harriet sturim, post 459s auxiliary. What these four have in common is that they were all chaplains. Summers depicts the four chaplains in prayer together on the deck of the torpedoed usat dorchester feb. The selfsacrifice of the four chaplains was a heroic act. Be it enacted by the senate and house of representatives of the united states of.
The four chaplains, also referred to as the immortal chaplains or the. Perhaps even fewer would know the story of jewish chaplain alexander goode who died that night, if it would not be for a single man, a catholic. A commemorative stamp for the chaplains was designed by louis schwimmer, the head. The immortal chaplains, as they are sometimes called, were four united states army chaplains who gave their lives to save other military and. The saga of four chaplains during world war ii stonington. As the ship went down, survivors in nearby rafts could see the four chaplains. The four chaplains were recognized for their service and sacrifice during the four chaplains ceremony feb. Four army chaplains gave their life jackets to other soldiers as their ship was sinking in wwii. Had it not been for the actions of the four chaplains in handing out the lifejackets, the toll would have been much higher. Ford presidential museum in grand rapids wherelegion family members and the community attended free of charge. As water gushed through a hole made by a german torpedo, four chaplains members of different faiths but linked by bonds of friendship and. Download the commemorating the four chaplains guide for programming for. I recently came across a radio single of four chaplains, a song that is not very familiar to many. Four chaplains story 3 minute video produced by dod forum with len fasano from ct senate republicans on vimeo.
The story of the four chaplains the american legions. When the life vest supply ran out, four military chaplains gave up their vest to. On board were 940 service membersand four chaplains including reformed church in america chaplain clark poling. The four chaplains sermon by paul tambrino, deuteronomy 10. Four chaplains ballad sung by fred neil the chaplain kit. The garish new england night was full of shadows and the sound of winches, screeching cranes, and the shuffling cadence of weary troops.
Since the late 1940s the chapel of the four chaplains has been telling the story of the four chaplains and encouraging selfless sacrifice and interfaith cooperation. The decoration recognizes the heroic actions of four army chaplains during world war ii. Nacc now the national association of catholic chaplains. The saga of four chaplains during world war ii the remarkable heroism and interfaith cooperation of the four chaplains one of whom has strong connecticut connectionscontinues to move a nation. Nonetheless, first, the video, and then the story of the four chaplains which comes from the four chaplains memorial foundation. Dec 08, 2018 the four chaplains were four united states army chaplains who gave their lives to save other soldiers during the sinking of the usat dorchester during world war ii. On board were 940 service membersand four chaplains including reformed church in. The four united states army first lieutenant chaplains roman catholic priest father john p.
Feb 20, 2016 on february 3, 1943, the troop ship usat dorchester, sailing in the north atlantic, was sunk by a german torpedo. When searching for an inspirational example of chaplains at war, look no further. Held on or close to february 3, four chaplains memorial services are often multifaith. Videos and photos four chaplains memorial foundation.
A priest, a rabbi, and two protestant ministers join together to save a few more souls in exchange for their lives. These shows from the pretelevision age include adventure, comedies, mystery shows, western dramas and shows from world war ii. I created a fundraiser to support the chapel of four chaplains to help raise donations and awareness of their four core programs. The four chaplains medal was a decoration approved by an act of congress on july 14, 1960 p. The four chaplains quickly moved among the bewildered men, calming them, directing them to life rafts, urging them to escape the doomed ship. The chaplains located a supply in a deck locker and passed them out. The four chaplains memorial foundation writes, men jumped from the ship into lifeboats, overcrowding them to the point of capsizing. The four chaplains, also sometimes referred to as the immortal chaplains, were four united states army chaplains who gave their lives to save other civilian and military personnel during the sinking of the troop ship usat dorchester on february 3, 1943, during world war ii.
Jun 16, 2014 this video is about the four chaplains who died on the dorchester in the north atlantic in 1943 and the example they set. Four chaplains the path of understanding, compassion, and. Army transport dorchester was one of three ships in a convoy, moving across the atlantic from newfoundland to an american base in. Mar 02, 2012 the saga of four chaplains during world war ii the remarkable heroism and interfaith cooperation of the four chaplainsone of whom has strong connecticut connectionscontinues to move a nation. When the bin was empty, they pulled off their own and made others put them on.
Since 1951, the chapel of four chaplains has spread the message of interfaith cooperation and selfless service, touching the lives of thousands of people across this great country. In 1943, four army chaplains of different faiths banded together to save military and civilian personnel aboard the sinking troop ship usat dorchester. The tragedy of pearl harbor moved them to volunteer as military chaplains, and that call brought the four men together for the first time in 1942 at the army chaplains school at harvard university. The chapel is available for meetings, wedding ceremonies, religious. Gaddafi named it the line of death, crossing this line would invite a military response.
Otr usually means radio broadcasting from the golden age of radio, mostly before 1964. It commemorates the unparalleled heroic acts of the four chaplains coming from different faiths who. Four chaplains nursing care center in westland, mi, has a shortterm rehabilitation rating of average and a long term care rating of average. George fox, rabbi alexander goode, roman catholic father john washington and reformed church in america minister clark poling. In 1943, four young army chaplains joined 900 raw recruits who were headed for battle in nazioccupied europe on the u.
The sinking of the dorchester in the icy waters off greenland shortly after midnight on february 3, 1942, was one of the worst sea disasters of world war ii. The four chaplains memorial foundation relies on the generosity of individuals, veterans, civic, and fraternal organizations, corporations, and foundations to support our mission. It was performed by fred neil and released as a single in 1960. The four immortal chaplains jewish american society for. The four chaplains, also referred to as the immortal chaplains or the dorchester chaplains. In 1973 libyan leader muammar algaddafi claimed the gulf of sidra as territorial waters. Time to remember four heroic chaplains article the united. The four chaplains sometimes called the immortal chaplains were men from four different religions who sacrificed their lives for men of all faiths.
A tribute to four army chaplains the american legion. Dorchester was crowded to capacity, carrying 902 service men, merchant seamen and civilian workers. The four chaplains were methodist minister george l. Check out for information about the free 24 january 2010 concert. The four chaplains of the dorchester gave their live vests to others as the ship sank following a torpedo from a german uboat during ww2. It was also the occasion of an astounding feat of heroismand faith. The chapel of four chaplains is a 501 c 3 nonprofit that advocates for cultural harmony and religious tolerance. Just after midnight on february 3, 1943, the ss dorchester, a u. Remembering the four chaplains on the 75th anniversary of their death news. The story of the four chaplains the american legions burnpit. American legion posts nationwide remember four chaplains day with. Army chaplains who made the ultimate sacrifice so others could live.
It was, an eyewitness later recalled, the finest thing i have ever seen or hope to see this side of heaven. Story of the four chaplains jcc association of north america. There is a wonderful crossmonument to father washington on the side street humboldt street of st. Army chaplains a catholic priest, a jewish rabbi, and two protestant ministers who made the ultimate sacrifice so others could live. Four chaplains the hallmark hall of fame drama old time. In the 70 years since the incident, methodist minister george l. This sunday recognizes our annual four chaplains sunday.
Guidelines for honoring the four chaplains the american legion. Washington, methodist minister the reverend george l. The one ray of hope in this great tragedy was the four chaplains. The dorchester was a civilian liner converted for military service in world war ii as a war shipping administration troop transport. The four chaplains memorial foundation exists to further the cause of unity without uniformity by encouraging goodwill and cooperation among all people. The four chaplains calmed the panicking soldiers, helped the evacuation and in the end, gave up their life jackets to soldiers. Army transport dorchester was one of three ships in a convoy, moving across the atlantic from newfoundland to an american base in greenland. Dorchester was torpedoed by a german uboat and sunk off the.
Here are some intresting unheard facts about hitler wife. The four chaplains locked arms together and braced against the deck with its heavy starboard list. Four new army chaplains aboard the usat dorchester is torpedoed by a german sub on feb. The four chaplains team consisted of 46 chaplains, 19 volunteer drivers, 10 social workerscounselors, and 64 lay volunteers. The four chaplains, also referred to as the immortal chaplains or the dorchester chaplains, were four world war ii chaplains who gave their lives to save other civilian and military personnel as the troop ship ss dorchester sank on february 3, 1943. During the voyage, a torpedo from a german submarine ripped through the hull of the ship which began to descend rapidly into the freezing waters of the north atlantic. The chapel of four chaplains, top venue in philadelphia. The posts recent twohour four chaplains day service was held at the gerald r. One survivor would later call it it was the finest thing i have seen or hope to see this side of heaven. Some eyewitnesses said that some of the rafts, drifted away before soldiers could get in them. Our ability to advocate for acceptance and understanding of cultural and religious differences depends upon the satisfaction of unselfish giving. In february, 1943 an american ship, dorchester, was torpedoed and was sinking. Story of the four chaplains a rendezvous with destiny, february 3, 1943.
Washington, and reformed church in america minister clark v. Army troop ship, was passing through the frigid waters of the north atlantic. On february 3, 1943, the united states army transport dorchester was torpedoed off the coast of newfoundland. While many panicked and lost faith, the four chaplains remained composed and mustered their courage. A four chaplains card signed by harry truman in 1960. The statute awarding the medal is listed as follows.
Thousands of four chaplains interfaith memorial services will be held across the nation on or near february 3rd. The chaplains medal for heroism, also called the chaplains medal of honor and the four chaplains medal, authorized by congress in 1960, commemorates the actions of the four chaplains. Graphic courtesy of the american legion view original. Army transport dorchester was one of three ships in a convoy, moving across the atlantic with 902 souls aboard. Jun 2, 2017 explore cmbeadys board four chaplains history the navy. Dorchester by john brinsfield, january 28, 2014 washington jan. The four chaplains interfaith action at work video. The four chaplains ceremony mcconnell air force base news.
These selfsacrificing words during our war for independence set the standard for american heroism, as nathan hale swung from the british gallows after his capture as an american spy behind enemy lines. The medal was presented to the four chaplains next of kin on 18 january 1961 at fort myer, virginia, by secretary of the army wilber m. Now, just 27 minutes after the torpedo struck, the ship was about to go down. Jan 29, 2009 the vessel was hit by a torpedo from a german uboat. Apr 27, 2020 the national association of catholic chaplains advocates for the profession of spiritual care and educates, certifies, and supports chaplains, clinical pastoral educators, and all members who continue the healing ministry of jesus in the name of the church. Typical symbols to represent the four chaplains include four candles, pictures of each chaplain, or four easels each holding a life jacket.
Four chaplains sunday commemorates priests of different. Photo by will figgcourtesy of the four chaplains memorial foundation. This video is about the four chaplains who died on the dorchester in the north atlantic in 1943 and the example they set. Prayer of rev msgr chaplain brig gen oneill, 3rd deputy chief of us army chaplains patton. The four immortal chaplains guest blog from joe archino. Four chaplains aboard the ship from different denominations and faiths gave life jackets to sailors and provided comfort. Download free ebooks the four immortal chaplains legacy of virtue full ebook online free. It is comprised of community leaders, friends and corporate contributors. On february 15, 2001, the chapel of the four chaplains moved to 1201 constitution avenue, philadelphia, pa 19112 the site of a 1942 world war ii navy chapel.
Remembering the four chaplains on the 75th anniversary of. Dorchester, a coastal liner had been turned into a troop transport for world war ii, was hit by a torpedo from a german. The four chaplains, also referred to as the immortal chaplains or the dorchester chaplains, were four world war ii chaplains who gave their lives to save other civilian and military personnel. Remembering the four chaplains on the 75th anniversary of their death. Newsreel footage of president truman dedicating the chapel of the four chaplains, february 3, 1951. The four chaplains memorial foundation, still located in philadelphia, continues to educate the public about the lives and legacy of the four chaplains. Dorchester on the night of february 3, 1943, the s.327 28 185 1038 285 639 1340 879 255 1655 1041 714 335 365 1546 964 530 229 652 1212 890 137 1647 1083 1106 360 958 101 1221 628 246 1401 47 354 26 248 1175 588 98 860