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Four Chaplains 2018


Saturday, February 3, 2018 marked the 75th Anniversary of the sinking of the USAT Dorchester during WWII, the basis for the story of “The Four Chaplain’s.” The Catholic War Veterans, St. Michael’s Post 1562, along with The Emil Senger American Legion Post 10, commemorated this historic Anniversary with a special ceremony held at St. Michael’s Church in Derby, CT. The “Saga” is of 4 Chaplain’s on the USAT Dorchester who, in the early hours of February 3, 1943, gave up their life jackets when they were running short and went down with the ship when it was torpedoed by a German submarine. The four were represented on Saturday and their stories were told. In a symbolic gesture, the “4” came out among the Congregation and gave up their life jackets, and then locked arms as the lights were dimmed, symbolizing the ship’s sinking. The Chaplain’s were: The Rev.George Fox, a Methodist, Rabbi Alexander Goode, Reverend Clark Poling, a Dutch-reformed Minister, and Father John T. Washington, a Catholic Priest. It was presented by The Emil Senger American Legion Post 10, and they have been doing this ceremony for over 20 years. Tonight’s program was sponsored by The Catholic War Veterans St. Michael’s Post 1562, and was hosted by St. Michael’s Church, Derby, CT

All Photo’s & Description courtesy Markanthony Izzo