A special thanks to Weasel Zippers for this story: A Story Filled With Heroism: The Four Chaplains who gave their lives on Feb 3rd, 1943. Told By Michele Bachmann On The House floor.
Michele Bachmann On The House floor:
And the four chaplains without skipping a beat, removed their own life vests that they had on their bodies, and they handed them to the young troops who had none. And as the ship went down, the four chaplains linked arms, and witnesses say they saw the four chaplains as young soldiers fighting against the cold, swimming in the water. The saw the four chaplains who had linked arms, who had embraced each other in a circle in the waters, they prayed for the troops who had lost their lives and for those who had survived, and they prayed until the chaplains were no more.The four chaplains were a Catholic, two Protestants, and a Jewish Rabbi. Their names were Father John Washington, Catholic, Reverend Clark Polling, Dutch Reformed, Rabbi Alexander Good, Jewish, Reverend George Fox, a Methodist. These four chaplains gave more than their spiritual guidance to the troops, they gave their lives Febuary third, 1943. It was a decade later that president Dwight Eisenhower remarked, he said and I quote:And we remember that it was only a decade ago on board the transport Dorchester, four chaplains of four faiths, together wilingly sacrificed their lives so that four other Americans might live. In the three centuries that separate the pilgrims of the Mayflower from the chaplains of the Dorchester, America’s freedom, her courage, her strength and her progress have had their foundation in faith.