VA Service Recalls The Four Chaplains

Connie Kilgore and Marge Herzog at the service.

The West Palm Beach VA Medical Center held its yearly celebration Thursday, Feb. 13 honoring the bravery of the Four Chaplains. Marge Herzog and Connie Kilgore from Loxahatchee Groves attended the service, presented in the VA Chapel. They wore their 100th anniversary of the American Legion Auxiliary shirt to the event.

The Four Chaplains, also referred to as the Immortal Chaplains or the Dorchester Chaplains, were four United States Army chaplains who gave their lives to save other civilian and military personnel as the troop ship U.S. Army Transport (USAT) Dorchester sank on Feb. 3, 1943 during World War II. They helped other soldiers board lifeboats and gave up their own life jackets when the supply ran out. The chaplains joined arms, said prayers and sang hymns as they went down with the ship.