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Sacrifice of Four Chaplains during World War II remembered in Gloucester service


Four U.S. Army chaplains who gave their lives to be beacons of hope after the ship they were on was struck by a torpedo in the midst of World War II were remembered Saturday morning in a special service at the First United Baptist Church, White Marsh.

The Four Chaplains, who came from diverse backgrounds, encompassed values that guest speaker, the Rev. Kenneth Waclo, encouraged everyone to embrace today.

The four men were on board the USAT Dorchester, along with approximately 900 U.S. troops, merchant seamen and civilian workers, when it was fired upon by a German U-boat on Feb. 3, 1943. The Dorchester was traveling in the North Atlantic Ocean toward Greenland as part of a naval convoy.

The chaplains selflessly gave their life jackets, winter gloves, and essentially their lives that night to save others on board the doomed vessel, and have since been remembered with special ceremonies throughout the country on each anniversary of the tragedy.

On Saturday, representati...

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