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Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session


Posted: January 26, 2018 12:45 PM
From: Representative Carol Hill-Evans
To: All House members
Subject: Resolution – Recognizing February 3, 2018 as “Four Chaplains Day” in Pennsylvania
In the near future, I will be introducing a resolution recognizing February 3, 2018, as "Four Chaplains Day” in Pennsylvania.

On February 3, 1943, an Army transport ship, the Dorchester, was torpedoed by a German U-boat while crossing the icy North Atlantic as part of a convoy. Of the more than 900 soldiers, sailors, and civilian workers aboard, only 230 were rescued.

As the Dorchester sank, four Army chaplains, Reverend George Fox, a native of Lewistown, Pennsylvania, Rabbi Alexander Goode, Reverend Clark Poling, and Father John Washington, calmed the frightened men and led as many as they could to safety. When the ship ran out of life jackets, the chaplains gave away their own. The survivors in the water never forgot their last glimpse of the chaplains: linked arm-in-arm, praying and singing hymns as they went down with the ship.

Rabbi Alexander Goode was originally from Brooklyn, New York, but spent the final years of his life in York, Pennsylvania. An elementary school in the York City School District bears his name to honor his valor and sacrifice.

Please consider joining me as a sponsor of this important resolution honoring the bravery and sacrifice of the Four Chaplains by recognizing February 3, 2018, as “Four Chaplains Day” in Pennsylvania.

Introduced as HR686