Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Immortal four chaplains day

Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty has ordered that U.S. and Minnesota flags be flown at half mast today in honor of "Immortal four chaplains day." The first part of the proclamation is below:
WHEREAS: February 3, 2009, is the 66th anniversary of the tragic sinking of the United States Army transport DORCHESTER off the coast of Greenland, an event that resulted in the loss of nearly 700 lives in 1943. Witnesses of the event have recounted in the Congressional Record the heroism and self-sacrifice of four chaplains of different faiths: Lt. George L. Fox, Methodist; Lt. Alexander D. Goode, Jewish; Lt. John P. Washington, Catholic; and Lt. Clark V. Poling, Dutch Reformed; and

WHEREAS: Witnesses have verified that during the approximate 18 minutes the ship was sinking after being torpedoed, the four chaplains went from soldier to soldier calming fears and handing out lifejackets while guiding men to safety. When there were no more life jackets to give, they removed their own and gave them to others to save their lives. The chaplains were last seen arm-in-arm in prayer on the ship’s hull...

1 comment:

Jason said...

Wow. That is awesome.