HONORING THE 67th
OF THE SINKING
OF THE DORCHESTER
ON FEBRUARY 3rd, 1943
Four Chaplains Heroism & Faith Celebrated Around the Nation
At VA Hospital Chapels, American Legion Posts, Jewish Community Centers, and hundreds of other locations around the country, tens of thousands of veterans, religious leaders, community volunteers and families gathered over the first few days of February 2010 to celebrate the heroism and faith of the Four Chaplains.
On February 3, 1943, four Army Chaplains gave their life belts to their fellow soldiers, stood together and prayed as the U.S.A.T Dorchester sank beneath the surface of the icy Atlantic, the victim of a German U-Boat. In the two thirds of a century since that act, millions of people have learned of their faith, courage and sacrifice. While it is not possible to count the exact number of people who have been inspired to help their neighbor or their community, the popularity of this event is evidence of the strength of the message.
Navy Secretary Lehman and Phila. Mayor Nutter Honored
Former Secretaryof Navy John Leheman and Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter were honored by the Four Chaplains Memorial Chapel Foundation at its annual dinner where they commemorate the heroism of the Four Chaplains on February 3, 2010.
John F. Lehman, was appointed the Secretary of the Navy by President Ronald Reagan and served as a member of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, also known as the 9/11 Commission. Dr. Lehman holds a B.S. from St. Joseph’s University, a B.A. and M.A. from Cambridge University and a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania.
Michael Nutter was sworn in as the 98th Mayor of the city of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on January 7, 2008. A lifelong resident of the city, Nutter served on Philadelphia City Council for fifteen years before his election as Mayor. As an elected official Nutter has championed reforming the political process, promoted greater college opportunities for the city’s youth and led an effort to encourage greater volunteer and community