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Corbie Ellington Post 126 of the American Legion held a ceremony in remembrance of the Four Chaplains of WWII on Saturday.

The service honors the four Army chaplains who gave their life jackets to soldiers and prayed together on the sinking vessel that had been torpedoed by a German submarine.

Jared DeAtley, pastor of Mt. Pisgah Christian Church, administrator of Lakeside Christian Academy, and retired Army veteran, was the speaker at Saturday’s ceremony.

DeAtley served in Iraq for 400 days from 2007 to 2008.

“We watched men on the battlefield give their lives for freedom,” said DeAtley. “No one ever knows the sacrifices those who have served have made, except for those who serve and their families.”

DeAtley spoke of the bravery of the four chaplains on board the ship.

“I am not sure why a movie hasn’t been made about that day yet, but it was certainly an act of heroism,” he said.

The chaplains came from different faiths and backgrounds.

Rev. John Washington was a Catholic priest from New Jersey; Rabbi Alexander Goode was from Pennsylvania; Rev. Clark Poling was from New York; and Rev. George Fox was a decorated WWI veteran and a Methodist minister in Vermont.

According to historical accounts, the four chaplains led soldiers to boxes of life jackets and distributed them until the boxes were empty. It was then that the chaplains slipped off their own life jackets and gave them to soldiers still on the boat.
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