The Four Chaplains and USCGC Escanaba (WPG-77) rescuing 132 survivors


Immortal chaplains 75th anniversary

South Congaree, SC

Congaree Post 90 of The American Legion held its February meeting on the 1st. The program presented by the post's chaplain was a memorial service for the four Army chaplains that sacrificed their lives for others in the sinking of USAT Dorchester on Feb. 3, 1943. The presentation outlined the lives of Reverend George Fox, Rabbi Alexander Goode, Father Johnny Washington and Reverend Clark Poling and how they gave of themselves and made the ultimate sacrifice.
"Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends." John 15:13
The Legion has twice put forth resolutions requesting Congress to award the Four Chaplains the Medal of Honor, once at the 39th National Convention in Atlantic City and then again at the 88th National Convention in Salt Lake City. Maybe it's time to bring forth a new resolution. They were awarded the Chaplain's Medal, which holds the same weight and importance as the Medal of Honor, but very few people even know it exists since it has only been awarded to 4 individuals and will never be awarded to anyone else.

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