The lesson of the Four Chaplains

Flags in Minnesota are flying at half-staff today, under orders from Gov. Mark Dayton, who knows a timely lesson when he sees it.

The flags honor “The Four Chaplains”, who died on this date in 1943 when their troop ship, The Dorchester, was torpedoed.

There weren’t enough life jackets, so the four men helped soldiers to the lifeboats, then gave up their life jackets, linked arms, sang hymns, and went down with their ship.

George Fox was a Methodist, Alexander Goode was a Jew, Clark Poling was Baptist, and John Washington was Catholic.

  • MrE85
    • Rob

      I always suspected you were a philatelist…

      • MrE85

        The lobby left its stamp on me.

  • MrE85

    Roger Peterson, Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper died on this day, too.

  • Barton

    I’m actually unsure of how I haven’t heard this story before. I am familiar with the sinking of that ship AND the rescue efforts, but I don’t recall ever hearing this story.

    And now a quick Google search shows me that there was even a docudrama done in 2013…. Thanks for sharing Bob!

  • John Erving

    “George Fox was a Methodist, Alexander Goode was a Jew, Clark Poling was Baptist, and John Washington was Catholic.:

    I think it would more appropriate and respectful to include their titles:

    Reverend George Fox

    Rabbi Alexander Goode

    Reverend Clark Poling

    Father John Washington

    • MrE85

      Or 1st Lts. Fox, Goode, Poling and Washington.

  • Jack Lancellotta

    Coventry Rhode Island will host a service on Sunday, February 5, 2017 @ 9:30Am – next door to Police Department on Main Street. Referral