American Legion Clermont’s memorializing of the 4 Chaplains

We the member’s of the American Legion Clermont County 4th District of Ohio would like to thank first of all the Owensville United Methodist Church for inviting us to Memorialize the 4 Chaplains of the U.S. A.T. Dorchester.

Feb. 3 marked the historic 75th anniversary of the sinking of the United States Army Transport Dorchester and the legendary acts of selflessness of four Army chaplains who were aboard. 4 Chaplains Day, as Congress has declared the date, honors the four chaplains who went down with their ship, as they gave their life jackets to other passengers.

The Four Chaplains – sometimes called the Immortal Chaplains – were men from four different religions who sacrificed their lives for men of all faiths. In the 75 years since the incident, Methodist minister George L. Fox, Reformed Church in America minister Clark V. Poling, Roman Catholic priest John P. Washington and Rabbi Alexander B. Goode have been immortalized.

We would also like to thank our speakers that came out on this cold day to say a few kind words for these great men. Pastor David Tennant, Clermont County Commissioner David L. Painter, American Legion County Chaplin Gary Lytle ,Tom Cooper, and Finance Officer Ray Carson.

The rifle teams and Bugler from American Legion Post 237 Batavia and 288 Williamsburg. US Marine Corp Color Guard lead by Thomas A Bravard. The Veterans of the Owensville United Methodist Church for lighting the candles and reading of the background soldier. Last but not least the Ladies of the Church for the Fellowship and refreshments afterwards. It is our hope that this will be the 1st of many events with our Owensville members.


The American Legion Clermont County Council 4th District of Ohio