Four Chaplains memorial service, Feb. 5

Feb. 3 marks the 69th anniversary of the sinking of the United States Army Transport Dorchester, where four chaplains put the lives of others before their own. And because of their bravery, American Legion posts nationwide remember Four Chaplains Day every year with memorial services.

Services this year will be held on Feb. 5. To request information on how to conduct a Four Chaplains Memorial Service, email the Americanism and Children & Youth Division at

Visit to read more about the heroic story of the four chaplains: Rev. George Fox (Methodist), Jewish Rabbi Alexander Goode, Rev. Clark Poling (Dutch Reformed) and Father John Washington (Roman Catholic).


  1. As the 11th District Chaplain for the Dept of Texas, I helped organize Four Chaplain Services throughout the District. It seems why to often the Super Bowl is more important than those that care about their fellow man... "No greater love has no man than this, 'that he lay down his life for his friends'." John 15:13
  2. Thank you Chaplain Anderson.... I thought you were right till we filled the house twice for the services..... it had not been done here in fourty years... now there are many observations of it all over our district... love to serve this great organization and its people.
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