Daily Archives: February 3, 2012

February 3: Four Chaplains Day

On February 3, 1943, during the middle of World War II, the USAT Dorchester was torpedoed by a German U-boat near Newfoundland. About 900 men were on board, mostly soldiers in transit, not sailors. The boat tilted to dramatically that many of the lifeboats could not be launched, and the water was cold enough to cause hypothermia in just a few minutes.

While the boat was sinking, four chaplains on board РGeorge Fox, Alexander Goode, Clark  Poling, and John Washington Рbegan organizing the escape. When the soldiers ran out of life jackets, the chaplains gave their life jackets away, knowing they had no chance without a lifeboat or life jacket.

According to survivors (only about 230 survived), the four chaplains stood together while the ship went down, praying for the safety of the soldiers.

My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.

John 15:12 & 13