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Four Chaplains' Inter-Faith Service


2:00pm-3:15pm

St. Mary's Church
12050 E. North Avenue Sanger, CA 93657

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The American Legion Department of California’s Four Chaplains’ Day Inter-Faith Service will be held at Saint Mary’s Catholic Church, 12050 E. North Avenue in Sanger, on Saturday, February 9, 2019, at 2:00P.M. American Legion members, family, friends, and the public are all invited to attend. R.S.V.P.’s will be greatly appreciated by February 4, 2019, by calling The American Legion Department of California, 559-875-8387. This year will mark the 76th anniversary of the heroic four chaplains who gave up their life jackets so that others might live and went to their deaths. Early on the morning of February 3, 1943, the U.S. Troop Transport DORCHESTER was steaming through the icy seas off Greenland. Most of the 900 troops aboard were asleep in their bunks. Suddenly, a torpedo smashed into the ship’s flank. Frantically pounding up the ladders, the troops milled in confusion on the decks. In those moments of panic, the bravest men aboard were four U.S. Army Chaplains: 1st Lts. Clark V. Poling, Alexander D. Goode, John P. Washington, and George L. Fox. The four chaplains led the men to boxes of life jackets and passed them out to the soldiers. When the boxes were empty, they slipped off their own precious life preservers and put them on four young G.I.’s. The U.S.A.T. DORCHESTER went down 25 minutes later in a rumble of steam. Some 600 men were lost, but the heroic chaplains had helped save over 200. The last anyone saw of them, they were standing on the slanting deck with their arms linked in prayer to the one God they all served. This beautiful and solemn religious service will begin at 2:00P.M., with Department Chaplain John Aldridge serving as Chairman. The public is invited to attend and please R.S.V.P. to 559-875-8387, on or before February 4, 2019. “Four Chaplains’ Inter-Faith Service” marks the start of Religious Emphasis Week by The American Legion each year. 


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