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Denenberg Attends Dedication of Four Chaplains Plaque at Wantagh Post 3484

Nassau County Legislator Dave Denenberg (D-Merrick) attended the dedication of a memorial plaque on the grounds of the Wantagh American Legion Post 3484. The plaque commemorates the bravery and sacrifice of The Four Chaplains during World War II. All in the US Army, they were:  Father John Washington (Catholic), Reverend Clark Poling (Dutch Reformed), Rabbi Alexander Goode (Jewish) and Rev. George Fox (Methodist). They gave their lives to save other soldiers during the sinking of the troop ship USAT Dorchester on Feb. 3, 1943. The Four Chaplains helped other soldiers board lifeboats and gave up their own life jackets when the supply ran out. Having done so, the chaplains joined arms, said prayers, and sang hymns as they went down with the ship. They were later honored by US Congress and President and recognized for their selfless acts of courage, compassion and faith.

Dedication of Four Chaplains Plaque at Wantagh Post 3484

Nassau County Legislator Dave Denenberg (D-Merrick) is pictured with Wantagh veterans, elected officials, residents, and Boy Scouts: Thomas Cieslewicz; Mike Sarlo; Freddi and Fred Parola; Jonathan and Christopher Vartoukian; Benjamin Schablin; Ryan Clifford (of Seaford); Sam Greaker; Wantagh American Legion Post 3484 Commander Jack Bergersen; Councilwoman Angie Cullen; State Assemblyman Dave McDonough; Post 3484 Chaplain Joe Stein; County Legislator Dennis Dunne; State Senator Charles Fuschillo, Jr. and Town Clerk Mark Bonilla.