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Four Chaplains Day

Four Chaplains Day Feb. 3, 1943 - Cobb Veterans Memorial Foundation

Today we pause to remember Four Chaplains Day in honor of military chaplains George L. Fox, Alexander D. Goode, Clark V. Poling, and John P. Washington. On February 3, 1943 these four men found themselves on the SS Dorchester headed to Greenland with over 900 other military servicemen, civil workers, and merchant marines. At 12:55 a.m., the ship was hit by a German submarine torpedo and began to capsize. The water was frigid and panic set in fast. The Four Chaplains not only worked together to help calm the passengers and distribute life jackets, but also gave their life jackets to others when the supply ran out. As the ship went down, the chaplains began to sing hymns in harmony and pray. 203 men of the 902 survived. The Four Chaplains went down with the ship after saving everyone they could. Learn more

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