The Four Immortal Chaplains

The Four Immortal Chaplains (HMS2X)

Location: Hebron, MD 21830 Wicomico County
Country: United States of America

N 38° 25.8', W 75° 40.4'

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George L. Fox - Methodist Minister; Alexander D. Goode - Jewish Rabbi

— Clark V. Poling - Dutch Reformed Minister; John P. Washington - Catholic Priest —

During the early morning hours of February 3, 1943, the USAT Dorchester was part of a convoy of six ships heading for Greenland when an enemy u-boat attacked, firing a torpedo into the ship's midsection. The Dorchester quickly began taking on water and the order was given to abandon ship. Four Army chaplains worked to pass out life vests until all the vests were gone. Without regard for their safety the four chaplains gave up their own life vests so others might be saved. These brave men of different faiths were last seen locked arm-in-arm on the ship's hull praying and singing hymns. They perished as the Dorchester slipped beneath the icy waters of the North Atlantic.
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HM NumberHMS2X
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Year Placed2011
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, October 17th, 2014 at 6:10am PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 441229 N 4253740
Decimal Degrees38.43000000, -75.67333333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 25.8', W 75° 40.4'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 25' 48.00" N, 75° 40' 24.00" W
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Area Code(s)410, 443
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 27060 Ocean Gateway, Hebron MD 21830, US
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