Today Marks Anniversary Of Tragedy Sacrifice

02.03.12 | Jeremy Miller

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Today marks the 69th anniversary of a remarkable story of tragedy and the ultimate sacrifice for fellow man. On this day in 1943, the allied troopship S.S. Dorchester was torpedoed by a German U-boat and slipped beneath the waves of the North Atlantic, dragging 600 souls with her. As the ship sank, four Chaplains sacrificed their lives and gave up their lifejackets to shipmates, perishing in the icy waters. The bravery and selflessness of Reverend Clark Poling (Dutch Reformed), Reverend George Lansing Fox (Methodist), Father John Washington (Catholic Priest) and Alexander David Goode (Jewish Rabbi) led congress afterward to declare  February 3rd as "Four Chaplains Day."