VA medical center in Ohio honors 4 WWII chaplains

Dayton VA Medical Center
Dayton VA Medical Center. (WDTN Photo)


DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — A public memorial service in southwest Ohio is honoring four U.S. Army chaplains who died while helping other soldiers in World War II.

A U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs medical center is hosting the service at noon Wednesday at the Dayton VA Medical Center. The Dayton VA says the service at its Protestant Chapel honors the sacrifice of chaplains George Fox, Alexander Goode, Clark Poling and John Washington.

The Dayton VA says the four chaplains died while helping other soldiers to board lifeboats during the sinking of the SS Dorchester on February 3, 1943. The ship was sunk by a German submarine in the North Atlantic Ocean.

The VA says the chaplains gave up their own life jackets to save the lives of fellow soldiers. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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