Sunday February 2, 2014
Event Information
Section: Churches
The Four Chaplains Memorial Sunday

When: February 2, 2014
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Phone: 912-832-5192
Address: 23344 Hwy 17
Corner of Hwy. 17 & Harris Neck Road
Townsend, GA 31331
Cost: Free

Description: It was Feb. 3, 1943, and the U.S. Army Transport Dorchester was one of three ships in a convoy, moving across the Atlantic from Newfoundland to an American base in Greenland. A converted luxury liner, the Dorchester was crowded to capacity, carrying 902 servicemen, merchant seamen and civilian workers. It was only 150 miles from its destination when shortly after midnight, an officer aboard the German submarine U2 spotted it. After identifying and targeting the ship, he gave orders to fire. The hit was decisive, striking the ship, far below the water line. The initial blast killed scores of men and seriously wounded many more. As the ship went down, survivors in nearby rafts could see the four chaplains -- arms linked and braced against the slanting deck. Their voices could also be heard offering prayers and singing hymns. Of the 902 men aboard the U.S.A.T. Dorchester, only 230 survived. Join with South Newport Baptist Church on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 11:00 am to honor the lives of these brave men and countless others who gave their all.


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