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Four Chaplains Plaque Dedication & Wreath Laying Ceremony

February 2, 2018

In one of the most remarkable stories of World War II, four chaplains of different denominations sacrificed their lives for their fellow crew members when their US Army Transport, USAT Dorchester, was torpedoed by the German submarine U-223 and sank.  Of the crew of 902 men, 672 were killed.  

With no regard for their religious affiliation or their own lives, the Four Chaplains - Lt. George L. Fox, a Methodist minister; Lt. Alexander D. Goode, a Jewish Rabbi; Lt. John P. Washington, a Roman Catholic priest; and Lt. Clark V. Poling, a Dutch Reformed minister - distributed life jackets to their fellow soldiers, gave up their own life jackets, locked arms with each other, and sang hymns as the ship went down.  

Please join the Navy Memorial for a special plaque dedication and wreath laying ceremony to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Four Chaplains.


Friday, February 2nd

U.S. Navy Memorial Burke Theater



701 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20004

Metro Stop: Archives/Navy Memorial

Parking: PMI Garage 875 D Street, NW

*Bring parking ticket inside the Ship's Store for discounted rate


​The Navy Memorial is hosting a fundraising effort to memorialize the Four Chaplains on our Commemorative Plaque Wall. This plaque will be an ongoing reminder of their selflessness aboard the US Army Transport, USAT DORCHESTER. 

​Please support us in making this a reality by our fast-approaching deadline of February 2nd: 


Contact: Lesley Rubinger, Director, Donor Services
(202) 380-0718