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The Four Chaplains

The Four Chaplains

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This item tells the story of the Four Chaplains and their sacrifice aboard the USAT Dorchester on Feb 2, 1943.

Mounted on the page are the Immortal Chaplains Issue (#956), The US Coast Guard Issue (#936) and the US Army Issue (#934).

There is also a First Day Cover of the Chaplains Issue (choose which you prefer). The item is framed in stained basswood with dust cover and hanging bracket.

Below is their story of Faith, Brotherhood and Sacrifice...

The story of the Four Chaplains takes place February 2, 1943 aboard the USAT Dorchester. The once luxury coastal liner had been converted to a US Army transport ship enroute from Newfoundland to Greenland. She was part of Convoy SG-19 and escorted by the Coast Guard Cutters Tampa, Escanaba and Comanche.

The Tampa had detected submarines with its sonar and as the Dorchester approached within 150 miles of its destination all hell broke loose. At 12:55 AM on February 3rd the German U-Boat U-233 approached on the surface to identify the vessels. Three torpedoes were fired with one hitting the starboard side of the Dorchester below the water line. Sounding the alarm her Captain (Danielsen) alerted the other vessels she was taking on water rapidly, in less than 20 minutes she would fall beneath the icy Northern Atlantic. Through the chaos of the evacuation soldiers boarded lifeboats to the point of overcrowding causing them to capsize while other rafts were cut loose never to see a person board.

Keeping their calm, the four Army chaplains walked among the soldiers calming the frightened, tending to the wounded and guiding them to safety. Of the 902 men on board, 672 perished. As the ship was going under survivors on the life rafts could see the four chaplains, arms locked together, braced against the deck offering prayers as they vanished from sight.

The four chaplains sacrificed their lives to help others on the doomed vessel. Their selfless act was honored with the Four Chaplains Stamp issued May 28, 1948. The Chaplains were Lt. George L. Fox (Methodist), Lt. Alexander D. Goode (Jewish), Lt. John P. Washington (Roman Catholic) and Lt. Clark V. Poling (Dutch Reformed).
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