Saturday, February 9, 2013

Unveiling of The 4 Real Hero Chaplains

The term hero is used quite often nowadays to describe celebrities who help others, people who go slightly above their means and normal tasks that many consider great, but often question if it reaches
hero status?

Every year near February 3 at St. Stephens Church in Kearny 4 Hero Chaplains lives and their heroic actions are remembered.

The 4 aboard the Dorchester, a military transport ship that was part of a convoy.
During World II on this military ship it was torpedo by A German Submarine ship on February 3, 1943.

As their ship started to sink the 4 chaplains noticed that other sailors did not have life vests they took off their own life vests and gave them to other sailors.
Upon doing this they were seen praying intently as the ship sank.

The Hero's were Reverend John Washington last assignment at St. Stephens Church, Rabbi Alexander D. Goode, Rev. George Fox and Rev. Clark Poling.

This past Sunday marked the 70th year the church has celebrated these 4 Hero's .

They have left an indelible imprint on the community and I am quite sure their memory will never be forgotten at St. Stephens Church in Kearny.

Take a look at the pictures and video below.
Always remember their heroic actions.

The unveiling of the 4 hero Chaplains Statue at St. Stephens Church in Kearny

The church Service to honor the 4 hero Chaplains

The Star- Ledger article
YouTube video from News 12 New Jersey

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