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American Legion post celebrates bravery of military religious leaders at Feb. 1 public event

At 1 p.m. Feb. 1, the Milwaukie American Legion Post 180 will conduct a Four Chaplains service at 2146 S.E. Monroe St.

COURTESY PHOTO - Honored on a U.S. stamp are Methodist minister George L. Fox, Rabbi Alexander B. Goode, Reformed Church in America minister Clark V. Poling and Catholic priest John P. Washington.Open to the community and members of all veterans and active service organizations, the service will honor the bravery of four chaplains who provided leadership and courage on Feb. 3, 1943, as the U.S. warship Dorchester sank with 902 men aboard. Only 230 survived, the worst single loss of American personnel of any American convoy during World War II.

The four Dorchester chaplains died because they gave up their life jackets to save others. They included Methodist minister George L. Fox, Rabbi Alexander B. Goode, Reformed Church in America minister Clark V. Poling, and Catholic priest John P. Washington.

Ceremonies like this are conducted all over the nation in February. A chaplain's service and military honors will be held during this time.


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