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Legislators Denenberg and Scannell Remember The Four Chaplains at Baldwin American Legion

Nassau County Legislators Dave Denenberg (D-Merrick) and Joe Scannell (D-Baldwin) paid tribute to the bravery and sacrifice of The Four Chaplains with the members of the Baldwin American Legion Post 246. All in the US Army during World War II, The Four Chaplains—Father John Washington (Catholic), Reverend Clark Poling (Dutch Reformed), Rabbi Alexander Goode (Jewish) and Rev. George Fox (Methodist) gave their lives to save other soldiers during the sinking of the troop ship USAT Dorchester on Feb. 3, 1943. They helped soldiers board lifeboats and gave up their own life jackets when the supply ran out. The chaplains then joined arms, said prayers, and sang hymns as they went down with the ship. The Four Chaplains were later honored by US Congress and Presidents and were recognized for their selfless acts of courage, compassion and faith.

The Four Chaplains at Baldwin American Legion

Pictured at the Baldwin American Legion Post 246 are: Nassau County Legislator Dave Denenberg (D-Merrick), George Fox, Floral Park American Legion Post 334; Baldwin American Legion Post 246 Chaplain Frank Rizzo; Terry Archer; Nassau County Legislator Joe Scannell (D-Baldwin); Councilman Anthony Santino; Douglaston American Legion Post 4228 Chaplain Rabbi Morton Pomerantz; and Baldwin American Legion Post 246 Commander Steven Bohn.