Four Chaplains Ceremony Feb. 1

Mon, 01/13/2020 - 7:45am

Story Location:
25 Industrial Park Road
Boothbay  Maine  04537
United States

American Legion, Charles E Sherman Jr., Post 36 will be remembering and honoring four Chaplain heroes Saturday, Feb. 1 at 10 a.m., 25 Industrial Park Road, Boothbay. Light refreshments will be served following the ceremony.

On Feb. 3, 1943 the U.S. Army Troopship Dorchester was torpedoed in the North Atlantic with 904 on board, including four chaplains: a priest, a Methodist minister, a Reformed minister, and a rabbi. Only 230 survived. The chaplains sought to calm the men and organize an orderly evacuation of the ship, and helped guide wounded men to safety. As life jackets were passed out to the men, the supply ran out before each man had one.

The chaplains removed their own life jackets and gave them to others. They helped as many men as they could into lifeboats, and then linked arms and, saying prayers and singing hymns, went down with the ship.