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Chaplains to get VFW honor

The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4760 (Sequim) hosts a ceremony honoring “The Four Chaplains” beginning at 10 a.m. on Sunday, Feb. 2.

 

The public is invited to attend. Cost of the breakfast is $5 per person.

 

The post is at 169 E. Washington St., Sequim.

 

The Four Chaplains, also sometimes referred to as the “Immortal Chaplains,” were four United States Army chaplains who gave their lives to save other civilian and military personnel during the sinking of the troop ship USAT Dorchester on Feb. 3, 1943, during World War II.

 

They helped other soldiers board lifeboats and gave up their own life jackets when the supply ran out.

The chaplains joined arms, said prayers and sang hymns as they went down with the ship. The four chaplains were the Rev. John Washington (Catholic), the Rev. Clark Poling (Dutch Reformed), Rabbi Alexander Goode (Jewish) and the Rev. George Fox (Methodist). These four were later honored by Congress and U.S. presidents. In 1960, Congress created a special Congressional Medal of Valor.

 

See www.fourchaplains.org.

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