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VIETNAM MOVING WALL INFORMATIONAL AND COMMITTEE FORMATION MEETING MARCH 21ST @ 6:00 PM

LEGION FLOOR AND BOARD MEETINGS THIS MONTH.

FEBRUARY 12TH.

BOARD MEETING AT 5:30 PM

FLOOR MEETING AT 6:00 PM

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A message from our Chaplain:

The first Sunday in February is known as Four Chaplains Day. Doctor Alexander D. Goode Jewish Rabbi, Reverend George L. Fox Methodist Minister, Reverend Clark V. Poling Reformed Church in America, and Father John P. Washington Roman Catholic Priest.

In 1943 these four chaplains who trained together were aboard the troop ship The Dorchester a converted ocean liner, sailing across the North Atlantic. Headed for the US Army Command Base in Greenland. The Dorchester carried 902 crew and Army personnel. When a German U-boat struck the Dorchester with a torpedo knocking out communications. Many of the Army personnel were trapped below deck and panic set in as men rushed to abandon the sinking ship. The four chaplains maintained their composure as they organized a more orderly evacuation. Their calm demeanor, helped to lessen the panic as they passed out life jackets and helped others into lifeboats. When they ran out of life jackets, they handed over their life jackets to men who couldn’t swim.

As the Dorchester sank the four chaplains lock arms and began to sing in Latin, Hebrew and English as the remaining crew and soldiers huddled close to these men of God. Like lambs encircling their Shepherds for protection from the jaws of snarling wolves. That night, 672 men would perish in the frigid waters of the North Atlantic, among them were the four chaplains. One survivor recalled seeing the chaplains in their final moments of courage and faith as “The finest thing I have seen or hope to see, this side of Heaven.”

Let us not forget these men of God and the men who perished with them 77 years ago. This weekend, as we sit around our dinner tables, let us honor the memory of these four chaplains by telling those around us their story of faith and courage. Then say a prayer of thanks and peace for all those men who perished that February night in the dark icy grip of the North Atlantic.

Doug Thompson, Chaplain


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