WWII's heroic Four Chaplains, including York native, to be honored

Written by The Associated Press | Feb 5, 2016 7:02 AM



(Mechanicville, N.Y.) -- A memorial event is being held at an upstate New York veterans organization to commemorate the sacrifices of a group of World War II Army clergymen, including one from the midstate, known as the Four Chaplains.

The U.S. transport ship Dorchester was carrying troops to Greenland when it was sunk by a German submarine on February 3, 1943.

Out of the more than 900 men aboard, only about 230 survived.

Four chaplains gave their life belts to four other men and went down with the ship.

The chaplains were Rabbi Alexander Goode, a native of York, Catholic priest John Washington of Kearny, New Jersey, and ministers Clark Poling of Schenectady, New York, and George Fox of Gilman, Vermont.

The Four Chaplains commemoration is being held at 11:00 a.m. tomorrow at the American Legion Post in Mechanicville, near Albany, New York

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