Re: [MV] Something to remember

From: Ken MacLean (
Date: Mon Feb 03 2003 - 16:08:31 PST

A moving and true incident of wartime heroism, it is well documented. Gotta
nitpick though...I would describe the submarine as being of the German
persuasion, not Nazi. Chances are none of the U-Boat crew were members of
the Nazi Party, just good old boys doing their duty.


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Subject: [MV] Something to remember

By Bill Federer

On the frigid night of Feb. 3, 1943, the Allied ship Dorchester plowed
through the waters near Greenland. At 1 a.m., a Nazi submarine fired a
torpedo into its flank, killing many in the explosion and trapping others
below deck. In the ensuing chaos, four chaplains - a priest, a rabbi and two
protestant ministers - distributed life jackets. When there were none left,
the four chaplains ripped off their own jackets and put them on four young
men. Standing embraced on the slanting deck, the chaplains bowed their heads
in prayer as they sank to their icy deaths. Congress honored them by
declaring this "Four Chaplains Day."

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