Veterans Affairs Committee

VFW Four Chaplains Service 2019

VFW Remembers the Four Chaplains and the Dorchester

On Feb. 3, 1943, the USAT Dorchester was off the coast of Greenland and was sunk by a U-223 German submarine. The four chaplains were the first on deck, calming the men and handing out life jackets. When the life jackets ran out, they took their own off and placed them on waiting soldiers without regard to faith or race. Within 18 minutes, the ship went down with the chaplains standing arm in arm, praying, each in his own way, for the men. There were over 900 men on board and almost 700 died.
The services will honor these four chaplains and those who lost their lives on the ship.