The Four Chaplains 2/3/1945

80 Years Ago the USS Dorchester in the early morning hours, while in the freezing waters of the North Atlantic was struck by a German torpedo off the coast of Newfoundland. There was  904 people aboard, most in a scrambling panic to save their lives. Four Chaplains of different faiths, Methodist, Jewish, Catholic, and Baptist were helping to save lives by helping them board lifeboats and when supplies ran out, each gave up their own life jacket. The Chaplains joined arms and sang hymns as they went down with the ship along with 670 passengers. 230 managed to survive.

On Sunday 2/5/2023 American Legion Post 703 gave a moving Remembrance Tribute for the Four Chaplains Day which was attended by approximately 100 people, including Parma Mayor, Tim DeGeeter and Ward 7 City Coucilwoman, Kammy Shuman. Together they issued a Proclamation to Commemorate February 3, 2023 as FOUR CHAPLINS DAY.

Robert Stilwell

Retired Mfg Supervisor

Volume 15, Issue 3, Posted 7:58 AM, 03.01.2023