On Sunday, Feb. 3 at 2:00 p.m., The American Legion Post 30 will be hosting the annual “Four Chaplains Sunday” ceremony. On the Friday, February 1, 2019 Chris Show, we will be joined by Dave Franclemont, Jeff Sukeforth and Frank Carr to let us know what this ceremony is all about.
At the ceremony, American Legion District 6 Chaplain, Rev. Dave Franclemont, will be recounting the story of four World War II 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 soldiers and ship’s crew was torpedoed by a German U-boat while en route to a U.S. base in Greenland.
Chaplain Dave, Commander Frank Carr and other Post members will honor the four army 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 chilly Atlantic waters off Newfoundland.
The four chaplains were awarded the Purple Heart and Distinguished Service Cross in 1944, and memorialized on a U.S. postage stamp in 1948. In 1951, the Chapel of the Four Chaplains opened in Philadelphia; Congress awarded the Four Chaplains Medal in 1960.
On Sunday, February 3, 2019, 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.
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