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February newsletter

The February volume of our Post newsletter has been uploaded and you can click here to read or download the newsletter.

The Four Chaplains

Are you familiar with The Four Chaplains ?

It was 1943, the United States was actively engaged in World War II, the USS Dorchester, a converted troop carrier, had departed New York Harbor enroute to an Army base in Greenland. The night was February 3rd at 12:55am in the frigid North Atlantic when a German U-Boat fired a torpedo that made a direct hit on the USS Dorchester. There were over 900 soldiers aboard who went scrambling from below decks to get topside where the lifeboats were waiting. Unfortunately, the Dorchester lost all power when the torpedo struck, so everything was in darkness and finding their way up to safety was near impossible.

Amidst the noise and chaos, four Army Chaplains, worked their way among the troops, calming and directing them upward. The chaplains, Lt. George L. Fox,  a Methodist Minister; Lt. Alexander D. Goode, a Jewish Rabbi; Lt. John P. Washington, a Roman Catholic Priest; and Lt. Clark V. Poling, a Dutch Reformed Minister, made it up on deck and seeing the panic surrounding them, they made their way to the storage locker that held the Life Jackets. They began passing out life jackets to each of the soldiers and when there were no more, they removed their own life jackets and gave them to the next four sailors in line. “It was the finest thing I have seen or hope to see this side of heaven,” said John Ladd, a survivor who saw the chaplains’ selfless act. Another sailor, Petty Officer John J. Mahoney, tried to reenter his cabin but Rabbi Goode stopped him. Mahoney, concerned about the cold Arctic air, explained he had forgotten his gloves. “Never mind,” Goode responded. “I have two pairs.” The rabbi then gave the petty officer his own gloves. In retrospect, Mahoney realized that Rabbi Goode was not conveniently carrying two pairs of gloves, and that the rabbi had decided not to leave the Dorchester.

All of this took place in the mere 20 minutes it took the Dorchester to sink after the catastrophic damage caused by the torpedo. As the ship was going down, witnesses in the water and in life boats said they could hear the Four Chaplains saying prayers for the survivors and the souls left onboard.  Of the 902 men aboard the U.S.A.T. Dorchester, 672 died, leaving 230 survivors. When the news reached American shores, the nation was stunned by the magnitude of the tragedy and heroic conduct of the four chaplains.

“Valor is a gift,” Carl Sandburg once said. “Those having it never know for sure whether they have it until the test comes.” It is safe to say that Lt. George L. Fox, Lt. Alexander D. Goode, Lt. John P. Washington, and Lt. Clark V. Poling passed the test with flying colors.

Take a moment on February 3rd to remember these heroic chaplains who made the ultimate sacrifice so others could live.

Four Pillars of the American Legion

Do you know the four pillars of the American Legion? Can you name them?

  • Veteran’s Affairs and Rehabilitation
  • National Security
  • Americanism
  • Children and Youth

Each of these areas has spawned a variety of Legion programs to further the aims of the Legion in that area. Now is a good time to remind yourself about all the good works of the Legion and to recommit ourselves to the Four Pillars. You can read more about the Four Pillars by clicking this link.

Kroger Community Rewards

Would you like to donate to the Post without it costing you a cent ? It’s easy with Kroger Community Rewards. Just sign up, using the Kroger button to the right and each time you shop, the Post gets a small percentage of the total bill. If we had our 800 members participating, that small percentage would add up quickly. So please, take a moment and register, it will mean a lot to your Post!

Welcome Veterans and Friends of Veterans!

The American Legion in Loganville is open to EVERYONE!

Yes, that’s right, the public is always welcome. The majority of the events held at the Legion do not require membership. If you are eligible to become a member but would still like to get an idea of who we are, please join us as our guest for any of our meetings. To determine eligibility please visit our eligibility page. Please note, you are eligible to become a member of the Auxiliary if you are a mother, wife, daughter, sister, grand-daughter, great-grand-daughter, or grandmother of members of The American Legion, and deceased veterans who served in the United States Armed Forces during the listed war eras. Sons of the American Legion members include males of all ages whose parents or grandparents served in the U.S. military and were eligible for American Legion membership.

Contact us today to attend one of our events, be our guest or sign up to become a member! We look forward to meeting you.

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