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Hebron in Wicomico County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Four Immortal Chaplains

George L. Fox - Methodist Minister; Alexander D. Goode - Jewish Rabbi

 

— Clark V. Poling - Dutch Reformed Minister; John P. Washington - Catholic Priest —

 
The Four Immortal Chaplains Marker image. Click for full size.
By Nate Davidson, April 20, 2011
1. The Four Immortal Chaplains Marker
Inscription.  During the early morning hours of February 3, 1943, the USAT Dorchester was part of a convoy of six ships heading for Greenland when an enemy u-boat attacked, firing a torpedo into the ship's midsection. The Dorchester quickly began taking on water and the order was given to abandon ship. Four Army chaplains worked to pass out life vests until all the vests were gone. Without regard for their safety the four chaplains gave up their own life vests so others might be saved. These brave men of different faiths were last seen locked arm-in-arm on the ship's hull praying and singing hymns. They perished as the Dorchester slipped beneath the icy waters of the North Atlantic.
 
Erected 2011.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial SitesPatriots & PatriotismWar, World II. In addition, it is included in the The Four Chaplains series list.
 
Location. 38° 25.8′ N, 75° 40.4′ W. Marker is in Hebron, Maryland, in Wicomico County. Marker is on Rt.
Marker image. Click for full size.
By Nate Davidson, April 20, 2011
2. Marker
50 just from Quantico Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Hebron MD 21830, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. "Old Spring Hill" (within shouting distance of this marker); Trans-Peninsular Line Midpoint Marker (approx. 2.4 miles away); Mason-Dixon Stone (approx. 4.8 miles away); Native Americans (approx. 4.8 miles away); Young's Purchase Home (approx. 5 miles away); Rockawalkin School (approx. 5.3 miles away); West Salisbury Little League 2007 Mid-Atlantic Champions (approx. 5˝ miles away); Highball Signal (approx. 5˝ miles away in Delaware).
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Other Four Chaplain markers
 
Also see . . .  The Four Chaplains Memorial Foundation. (Submitted on April 22, 2011, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.)
 
Marker on Grounds of Old Spring Hill Church image. Click for full size.
By Nate Davidson, April 20, 2011
3. Marker on Grounds of Old Spring Hill Church
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 8, 2017. It was originally submitted on April 21, 2011, by Nate Davidson of Salisbury, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,064 times since then and 55 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on April 21, 2011, by Nate Davidson of Salisbury, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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Nov. 24, 2020