Thursday, February 3, 2011

Dedication Service - Memorial Plaque for the Memorial Chaplains

Despite the weather, a good crowd assembled at Tucson Veteran's Memorial Park, Thursday, February 3 for the Dedication Service of the Memorial Plaque for the Four Courageous Chaplains.  Vice Mayor Richard Fimbres had the honor of representing the City of Tucson at this event.

During WWII, these four courageous chaplains gave their lives on board the U.S.A.T. Dorchester shortly after midnight on February 3, 1943, having been hit by a torpedo, these four men gave out all the life jackets and helped the troops into life rafts.  They gave up their own life jackets to four who did not have one and then gathered themselves together and kneeled in prayer on the deck as the ship sank.  The four received the "Medal of Heroism," posthumously on January 18, 1961 by the U.S. Congress.

To learn more about these four chaplains, click here.