Four chaplains honored at ceremomy in South Korea
Four candles are lit in honor of the four chaplins at a dedication ceremony on Yongsan Garrison Feb. 3.

YONGSAN GARRISON, South Korea - During a ceremony at Memorial Chapel here Feb. 3, the chapel conference room was dedicated to four chaplains who made the ultimate sacrifice in 1943.

The chaplains, Methodist Minister George L. Fox, Reformed Church in America Minister Clark V. Poling, Roman Catholic Priest John P. Washington and Rabbi Alexander B. Goode, were on board the troop transport USAT Dorchester during World War II.

On Feb. 3., 1943, while steaming toward Greenland, the Dorchester was torpeoded by German U-boat. The four chaplains gave up their life jackets to save others.

Gen. Walter L. Sharp, commander of United Nations Command, Combined Forces Command and U.S. Forces Korea, paid tribute to the chaplains, calling them "four men of different faiths who truly exemplified selfless service."

Four candles were lit in memory of the chaplains. The official party also unveiled an illustration of the four chaplains and cut a cake.

The Memorial Chapel Conference Room is now called the "Four Chaplains Room."

"It was a very humbling experience," said Petty Officer 2nd Class Charles Wilton, who rang the bell during the ceremony.

Master Sgt. Elian Strachan, who coordinated the ceremony, is planning to make it an annual event.

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