Looking Back...The Four Chaplains: Sacrifice at Sea
Jul 23, 2008
from 02:00 PM to 04:00 PM
|Where||Hoffman Community Room|
|Contact Name||Lisa Gaylor|
Everyone is welcome
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Senior Services Librarian Lisa Gaylor will show this documentary film that recounts a remarkable story of faith and courage. In 1943, four young Army chaplains joined 900 raw recruits who were headed for battle in Nazi-occupied Europe on the U.S.A.T. Dorchester. During the voyage, a torpedo from a German submarine ripped through the hull of the ship which began to descend rapidly into the freezing waters of the North Atlantic. In the frantic scramble for lifeboats, four chaplains on board—a Catholic priest, a Jewish rabbi, and two Protestant ministers—directed many soldiers to safety. When the life vest supply ran out, they selflessly removed their own and gave them to the soldiers, knowing they could not possibly survive without the flotation devices. They spent their last moments singing hymns and praying, arm-in-arm, as the ship disappeared beneath the waves. Everyone welcome. Refreshments provided by the Friends of the Library.