Four Chaplains Ceremony to honor those who perished in 1943 sinking of USAT Dorchester

When the U.S. Army Transport Dorchester was struck by a German submarine, Feb. 3, 1943, four Army chaplains spread out among the Soldiers, calming the frightened, tending the wounded and guiding the disoriented toward safety. They were Lt. George Fox, a Methodist; Lt. Alexander Goode, a Jewish Rabbi; Lt. John Washington, a Roman Catholic Priest; and Lt. Clark Poling, a Dutch Reformed minister. (Photo Credit: U.S. Postal Service)

ROSEBURG, Ore. -- The annual Four Chaplains Ceremony is set for Saturday, February 3, at 11:30 a.m. at the Earle B. Stewart American Legion Hall in Roseburg.

The hall is located at 406 SE Oak Street.

There will be a meet-and-greet at 11:30 followed by the ceremony at 12 p.m.

The ceremony of special honors will include a candle lighting, ringing of the ship's bell, bagpipe playing and taps for the 672 who perished in the February 3, 1943 sinking of the USAT Dorchester.

Special recognition will be given to the four courageous chaplains who sacrificed their lives for others, organizers said.

Additional Parking is available directly across the street from the Legion Hall.

For more information call (541) 672-4635.

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