Gannon to Host Interfaith Memorial Service Honoring The Four Chaplains
Posted: March 25, 2014
Chaos covered the deck of the sinking U.S.S. Dorchester on
February 3, 1943. Four chaplains representing four different
religions, uttered prayers of serenity for the soldiers and sailors
possibly facing the last minutes of their lives. As lifejackets
grew scarce, they were seen removing their own and handing them to
others without question of religion, race, creed or ethnicity. The
on-lookers, who managed to find safety, last saw the chaplains
linked arm-in-arm, praying as they went down with the ship.
Gannon will host an interfaith memorial service honoring those
four chaplains on Thursday,
Mar. 27 at 2 p.m. in the Yehl Alumni Room in Waldron Campus Center.
The four chaplains, Lt. George L. Fox, Methodist; Lt. Alexander D.
Goode, Jewish; Lt. John P. Washington, Roman Catholic; and Lt.
Clark V. Poling, Dutch Reformed, will be honored for their
admirable acts that fateful night, and Gannon will pay tribute to
all those that have served, and whose courage and faith have
sustained our country.
Major General William D. Razz Waff will be the keynote speaker
for the event. Gen. Waff is responsible for coordinating the care
of wounded warriors with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs,
acts as Chairman of the Army Reserve Forces Policy Committee and is
currently focusing on the implementation of the Army Total Force
"I think this is a tremendous opportunity to share in this
interfaith activity, to be prayerful, to be thankful, and to
recognize the importance that the military has to preserve our
religious freedom, among our other freedoms," expressed Ron Swift
LTC (Ret) USAR, veterans financial aid & enrollment
The University will bring together five local Junior ROTC
programs, members of its own "Pride of PA" ROTC Battalion, veterans
from Gannon and surrounding local colleges and universities and
members of local American Legion and VFW posts. The public is also
encouraged to attend.
For more information about The Four Chaplains Interfaith
Memorial Service, please contact Ron Swift at 814-871-