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Here are two Four Chaplain's Medals out of my collection. I do not know that I have seen them anywhere in the public. If someone has please tell me where?

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This is a commerative full size medal worn like any other full size medal on the jacket.

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This is a very large and HEAVY Full size neck ribbon of the Four Chaplain's Medal.

It comes in a named case.

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This is the reverse of the large, heavy neck medal.

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Almost left out. In my possession.



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Chaplain's Medal for Heroism

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The Chaplain's Medal for Heroism is a decoration of the United States military which was authorized by an act of the United States Congress on January 18, 1961. Also known as the Chaplain's Medal of Honor and the Four Chaplains' Medal, the decoration commemorates the actions of four United States military chaplains who gave their lives in the line of duty on February 3, 1943.

 

The Four Chaplains

The chaplains in question were four United States Army officers, these being Lieutenants Rev. George L. Fox (Methodist); Rabbi Alexander D. Goode (Jewish); Fr. John P. Washington (Roman Catholic); and Rev. Clark V. Poling (Dutch Reformed). The four chaplains were all sailing on the USAT Dorchester troop transport ship on 3 February 1943 when the vessel was torpedoed by the German U-Boat U-223. As the vessel sank, the four chaplains calmed the frightened soldiers and sailors, aided in the evacuation of the ship, and helped guide wounded men to safety. The chaplains also gave up their own life vests and the last thing seen of the ship by witnesses was the four chaplains, standing on deck with their arms linked, praying as the ship went down.

 

 

The Four Chaplains were honored by the Postal ServiceAll four of the chaplains were posthumously awarded the Purple Heart and the Distinguished Service Cross. The Chaplain’s Medal for Heroism was authorized in 1961 and posthumously presented by the President of the United States to the families of the chaplains. The chaplains were also honored with a stamp, issued in 1948 and by an act of the United States Congress, designating 3 February as "Four Chaplains Day."

 

Because the Chaplain’s Medal for Heroism has only been authorized posthumously, and only for one action, it is generally considered a commemorative decoration not intended for wear on a military uniform. The medal also does not appear on any military award precedence charts, although it is considered to be ranking just below the Medal of Honor. The Chaplain's Medal for Heroism could technically be awarded again, if Congress ever bestowed the decoration for future acts of heroism involving military chaplains.



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A couple of years ago, I sold one of the large versions to a retired Army chaplain, who donated it to the Army Chaplain's Corps Museum. The Museum knew little about the medal, so they started tracking down the relatives of the original Four Chaplains. In three cases, the families had the medals and other items from the presentations.

 

In the fourth case (the Catholic chaplain, as I recall), the medal was in the hands of a nephew, who asked if the museum wanted it. He had been trying to donate it to the Smithsonian, which did not want it. The Chaplain's Museum was most happy to accept the offer, at which point the nephew asked if they wanted the other medals as well. The result was that they now have not only this medal, but the original DSC group and a life ring from USS Dorchester.


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JBFloyd,

Thank you for the reply. I have heard of such a story but could not confirm it. I have even call and written to the Chaplain's Museum and it fell on deaf ears. I may have to take a trip up a see for myself.

Can you tell by the case or boxes who made them?

Always a pleasure to hear form and do business with you.

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The large size was an HLP product. Don't know about the small size.


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DOES ANYONE HAPPEN TO KNOW THE RARITY OF THESE MEDALS? I HAVE NEVER SEEN THEM IN A MUSEUM ANYWHERE. NOR HAVE I REALLY EVER HEARD ABOUT THEM. HAS ANYONE ELSE SEEN THESE BEFORE OR HAVE I BEEN IN A HOLE?

I WOULD BE INTERESTED IN ANY COMMENTS ONE MAY HAVE.

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A friend of mine has one in his extensive collection of Military and American Society medals. He purchased his about four years ago at a military show. They are certainly not common. But, they are known.

 

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I have seen them at shows ETC over the years. The company must have made many more than for the list of intended recipients.

 

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A friend of mine has one in his extensive collection of Military and American Society medals. He purchased his about four years ago at a military show. They are certainly not common. But, they are known.

 

Kevin

 

Thank you for your reply. Did you have pics of your friends medal?

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Thank you for your reply. Did you have pics of your friends medal?

4starchris

 

I have seen these around too. I am surprised that the museum has not heard about it.

 

There were several chaplains a few weeks after the four chaplains who did the same thing. They didn't get a medal. Very political and for propaganda use...this four chaplains medal. There is the four chaplains chapel in Philadelphia.

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4starchris,

 

I've been looking for the picture of my friend's medal. Since he sent me the image, I have changed computers. I am having a hard time finding images that are more than a year old. I'll still keep looking for you.

 

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4starchris,

 

I've been looking for the picture of my friend's medal. Since he sent me the image, I have changed computers. I am having a hard time finding images that are more than a year old. I'll still keep looking for you.

 

Kevin

 

Kevin,

Thank you for your effort. I eagerly await to see what your friends medal looks like.

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I had an oppurtunity to take a pic of an "original" Chaplain Medal and its case.

Here is the case.

Enjoy.

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Here is the "original" medal that was in it. Notice this medal appears to have a "pad" and the medal is suspended from it.

Enjoy.

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Here is the "original" medal that was in it. Notice this medal appears to have a "pad" and the medal is suspended from it.

Enjoy.

4starchris

 

The one with the solid medium blue ribbon is the one I remember having seen song ago.

 

I seem to remember that, after the loss of the four, there was a highly-charged push to have the four Chaplains awarded the Medal of Honor. Since the loss criteria did not meet that required for award of the MoH and, thankfully, the criteria were not bent in that incident for pilitical purposes, the 4 Chaplains medal was created with a ribbon exactly like that of the MoH except for the lack of the white stars. I guess the dark blue of the border on the later example was added to further visually differentiate the ribbon from the MoH.


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This is a very large and heavy medal. This is probably one of the heaviest and largest medal the US has ever made.

Does anyone know of any bigger or heavier medal?

let me know.

Enjoy.

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