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Here is another on Ebay right now:

 

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewI...em=220165445084

 

Kurt

 

The medal on Ebay went for $600 , Not bad for a re-strike.

 

Kurt


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The medal on Ebay went for $600 , Not bad for a re-strike.

 

Kurt

 

Kurt,

I saw that and thanks for keeping me posted. That is a good price I quess.

4starchris



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Four chaplains to be honored Feb. 3

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Contributed by: Douglas County on 1/16/2008

 

Memorable story continues to touch those who hear it

The Harry Miller Post #1187 of Castle Rock will be honoring four chaplains who passed away during World War II (WWII) on Sunday, Feb. 3 at 2 p.m. at the New Hope Presbyterian Church at 2100 W. Meadows Pkwy. in Castle Rock. Guests are invited to the ceremony and to stay for a fellowship gathering.

 

"The Four Chaplains Ceremony is the most moving and finest tribute to spiritual leaders of different faiths who willingly gave their lives so other young soldiers may live," said Marvin Meyers, member of the Colorado Board of Veterans Affairs and who has helped plan this ceremony for the past three years. "It is an unequaled example of the strength of their belief in God and of man's love for his fellow man. I would urge everyone, especially in this time of war, to participate in this wonderful and stirring event."

 

The four chaplains - Father John Washington (Catholic), Reverend Clark Poling (Dutch Reformed), Rabbi Alexander Goode (Jewish) and Reverend George Fox (Methodist) - continue to be of interest to veterans and the public since their heroic act occurred on Feb. 3, 1943.

 

A convoy of three ships and three escorting Coast Guard cutters passed through "torpedo alley" some 100 miles off the coast of Greenland around 1 a.m. The submarine U-223 fired three torpedoes, one of which hit the midsection of a U.S. Army troopship called the Dorchester with more than 900 men on board.

 

The four chaplains on board calmed the men and began handing out life jackets. When no more life jackets were left, the four chaplains removed their own and gave them to waiting soldiers regardless of their faith or race. The ship went down approximately 18 minutes after the explosion and witnesses saw the four chaplains standing arm-in-arm on the hull of the ship, each praying in their own way for the care of the men.

 

Almost 700 died, making this incident the third largest loss of its kind at sea for the U.S. during WWII. The Coast Guard cutters, Comanche and Escanaba, disobeyed orders to search for the German U-Boat and instead stopped to rescue 230 men from the frigid waters that night.

 

These four chaplains were later honored by Congress and President Eisenhower for their selfless acts of courage, compassion and faith. They demonstrated throughout the voyage and in their last moments, interfaith compassion in their relationship with the soldiers and with each other.

 

Congress created a special Congressional Medal of Valor in 1960, never to be repeated again, and gave it to the next of kin of the "Immortal Chaplains." For more information on the Congressional Medal of Valor, please visit www.foxfall.com/fmc-fcm.htm.

 

For more information on this ceremony, please contact Henry Bohne, manager of the Douglas County Office of Veterans Affairs at 303-688-4825, Ext. 5359.



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I just saw a news story about today being the 66th Anniversary of the loss of the USAT Dorchester, and the Four Chaplains, so I thought I'd add a quick post here to bring this thread back up and to refer it to another post / thread I just started, related to this one.

 

MW

 

http://www.usmilitariaforum.com/forums/ind...showtopic=35829


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Also, I did pick one of these medals up a few months ago - it's nice!

 

I just got the loose medal though, no case, I have absolutely no idea where I am going to find the "correct" case for mine though.

 

Anyone have any ideas?

 

MW


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Forum members:

 

You are in the MEDALS & DECORATIONS "Reference Section". This area is where posts from the general Medals & Decorations "discussion section" (http://www.usmilitariaforum.com/forums/ind...?showforum=83) are moved for permanent retention and education about the history of the various U.S. medals and military decorations.

 

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Very interesting, I’ve never seen one of these before.

 

marty

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