NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – On Sunday afternoon at the VA Medical Center in Northampton, a solemn service was held honoring the memory of the four chaplains.
It was 71 years ago when the chaplains of different faiths died aboard the USS Dorchester after volunteering their life jackets so that others could survive.
Each year veterans groups hold a service at the Medical Center Chapel in honor of the four chaplains.
Brian Willette told 22News, “Well It’s a sacrifice we’ll never forget. the day is always special for us, recalling on Super Sunday, the sacrifices of the four chaplains sacrificing their lives, giving up their life jackets to save their fellow crew members.”
The chaplains aboard the ill fated ship in 1943 were Catholic, Protestant and Jewish, each from different cities in the northeast.