Four WWII Chaplains honored in Sturgis for selfless act 76 years ago

Sunday afternoon, at the St. Frances of Assisi Catholic Church, dozens gathered to honor the four WWII Chaplains who gave their lives to help save others.

Chaplain George Fox, John Washington, Alexander Goode, and Clark Poling died after giving up their life jackets on Feb. 3, 1943 when the USS Dorchester was sunk by a German U-boat off the coast of Greenland. 675 died out of the 904 person crew.

Representatives from the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, other veteran service organizations, churches, and Sen. Mike Rounds’ office were in attendance to lay wreaths and pay respects.

“Anytime one human values the life of another human being above their own, there’s no greater love that can possibly be demonstrated and it’s very important for us to remember that that kind of love, regardless of what our creed should be, that kind of love is what we should all emulate,” said VA Black Hills Health Care System Chaplain Bob Price.

Each Chaplain that died was of a different faith but found common ground in the selfless act to give up their life vests to save the others on the ship.

Following the service, the Sturgis Veterans’ Club held a chili feed for those who attended.

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