Legion honors ‘Immortal Chaplains’

On Feb. 2, the American Legion Post 33 of Payette commemorated the 76th anniversary of the sinking of the U.S.A.T. Dorchester. Once again, post members honored the Four Army Chaplains — all of different faiths — of World War II. The men are also referred to as the “Immortal Chaplains,” who gave up their life jackets to save other civilians and military personnel as the ship went down. According to some reports, survivors could hear different languages including Jewish prayers in Hebrew and Catholic prayers in Latin as the chaplains sang and prayed with arms linked as they went down with the ship.

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