NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – On the first Sunday in February, western Massachusetts veterans honored the four Military Chaplains who sacrificed their lives during World War Two.
Veterans filled the V.A. Hospital Chapel in Northampton Sunday afternoon.
They came to honor the memories of the four chaplains; one Catholic, one Jewish, and two protestants who died aboard the S.S.T. Dorchester on February 3rd, 1943.
Brian Willette, Commander Order of the Purple Heart, told 22News, “They gave up their life jackets to other service member as the ship was sinking and they went down with the ship. Our job is to perpetuate the history and memory of those who sacrificed before us.”
Each year since their deaths, the four chaplains are mourned and remembered at the VA Medical Center Chapel on the first Sunday in February.