‘The four chaplains’ remembered

A priest, a rabbi, two ministers. All chaplains.

chaplains_pentagon.jpgThey famously went down with the U.S.A.T. Dorchester on Feb. 2, 1943, giving up their life jackets to others and staying on board until the bitter end. Nearly 700 men died.

This Sunday (Feb. 3) American Legion Post #1009 in Yorktown Heights will hold an interfaith service commemorating the sacrifice of the “Four Chaplains.”

The 2 p.m. ceremony, open to the public, will take place at Post #1009, 235 Veterans’ Road, Yorktown Heights. For information: (914) 739-1890 or (845) 528-7987.

The four chaplains were: Lt. George L. Fox, a Methodist minister; Lt. Alexander D. Goode, a rabbi; Lt. John P. Washington, a Catholic priest; and Lt. Clark V. Poling, a Dutch Reformed minister.

The Four Chaplains Memorial Foundation has more on their story.

Gary Stern

Gary Stern covered education in the Lower Hudson Valley for several years during the early 1990s. Now's he back on the beat. He believes that schools are one of the main reasons that people live around here and that educational issues -- from curriculum to financing -- are among the most challenging things that journalists can write about. He continues to be amazed by the complexity of educational jargon. Gary got his B.A. at SUNY Buffalo and his M.A. from the University of Missouri Journalism School (where his master's thesis was about the best ways to cover education). He lives in White Plains with his wife and two sons, who attend public schools.