Civitans to honor The Four Chaplains | News | The Press and Standard
by The Press and Standard | February 6, 2016 5:00 pm
Last Updated: February 3, 2016 at 2:13 pm
On Feb. 3, 1943, the names of George L. Fox, Alexander D. Goode, Clark V. Poling and John P. Washington became forever linked.
On that day, the four ministers serving in the U.S. Army gave their lives in service of others.
From that day forward, they would be known as The Four Chaplains.
The four were among those on the U.S. Army Transport Dorchester, headed for the European Theater of Operations, when their ship was struck by a torpedo.
The chaplains worked to calm the men. When it came time to abandoned ship, the four gave up their life jackets and gave up their lives.
Annually the local Civitans recognize the sacrifice of The Four Chaplains during their Clergy Appreciation Week. On Feb. 8 at 12:30 p.m., the club members will return to the Veterans Victory House at 2461 Sidneys Road, which enters its second year of hosting the observance. The Veterans Victory House and club have invited every Colleton County minister to attend.
The Rev. Jim Day, pastor of Evergreen Christian Church, will recall the saga of The Four Chaplains and Mike Linkins, who heads the “We Honor Veterans” program in three areas of South Carolina served by Patriot Hospice, will be the guest speaker. Local singing group, “The Grace Notes,” will provide the music.