One of the many subscriptions I get is William J. Federer's American Minute in my daily inbox. Today's email informed me that today was Four Chaplains Day.
The Four Chaplains were four Army chaplains who gave their lives when the USAT Dorchester was hit by a torpedo and sank on February 3, 1943. They helped other soldiers board lifeboats and gave up their life jackets when the supply ran out. 230 men of the 902 aboard survived the attack.
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(and in checking out Technorati tags about this, I came across the website of a woman whose grandfather was the captain of the ship