Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Four Chaplains Day

American Minute with Bill Federer:
On the frigid night of FEBRUARY 3, 1943, the Allied ship Dorchester
plowed through the waters near Greenland.

At 1:00am, a Nazi submarine fired a torpedo into its flank, killing
many in the explosion and trapping others below deck. It the ensuing
chaos, four chaplains: a priest, a rabbi and two protestant
ministers; distributed life jackets.

When there were none left, the four chaplains ripped off their own
jackets and put them on four young men.

Standing embraced on the slanting deck, the chaplains bowed their
heads in prayer as they sank to their icy deaths.

Congress honored them by declaring this "Four Chaplains Day."

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