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February 8, 2014

‘Four chaplains’ memorial service scheduled

NEW CASTLE — A service remembering the “four chaplains” of World War II is set for Tuesday at American Legion Post 343.

The memorial service is scheduled for 6 p.m. at the post, 134 N. Jefferson St.

The service is scheduled to remember the four chaplains — a Methodist minister, a Jewish rabbi, a Roman Catholic priest and a Reformed Church in America minister — who died Feb. 3, 1943, off the coast of Newfoundland in the North Atlantic.

They were aboard the Dorchester, a U.S. Army Transport ship, when it was struck by a torpedo from a German submarine in the early morning hours that day.

The chaplains, all first lieutenants, sought to calm the men and organize an orderly evacuation of the sinking ship. As life jackets were distributed, the supply ran out and the chaplains removed theirs and gave them to others.

Eyewitnesses said the four chaplains then linked their arms together and went down with the ship.

The service is open to the public. To ensure enough refreshments are available, the Legion asks those planning to attend to call (724) 658-3990.

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