FEBRUARY 2, 2019 10:00 AM, Saint Frances Cabrini Church, 15333 Woodard Road, Between Bascom Ave. and Union Ave.; southside of Camden, San Jose, 95124

Coordinated by Willow Glen Post 318 The American Legion

This service is open to veterans organization, patriotic and fraternal organizations, and individuals who want to share in a tribute to four chaplains of differing faiths who, in brotherhood, gave their life so others may have a second chance at living theirs.
Their act exemplified the meaning of duty to their God and Country, and love of their fellow man. They were truly men of God who, in brotherhood, conscientiously made the ultimate sacrifice for their fellow troops.

The four chaplains, of the Catholic, Jewish, and Protestant faiths, were aboard the troop ship ATS Dorchester in the winter dark North Atlantic sailing toward England when a torpedo struck in the early morning hour of February 3, 1943. The ship sank within a very short period of time beneath the icy waters along with over 700 of the 900 aboard. Many of those who survived attributed their survival directly to the assistance and acts of compassion of the four chaplains aboard the ship that night.

Organizations are encouraged to bring their National Colors and unit banner for an opening ceremony procession and posting during the ceremony. Groups must bring their own flag stands for the posting of their colors. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend. Share in this remembrance and tribute to four men whose service to our men and women in uniform, in war and peace, is often forgotten.

Gene Fanucchi, Adjutant