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Albany in Albany County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Four Immortal Chaplains

 
 
The Four Immortal Chaplains Marker image. Click for full size.
By Yugoboy, April 6, 2013
1. The Four Immortal Chaplains Marker
Inscription. George L. Fox, Methodist minister Alexander D. Goode, Jewish Rabbi Clark V. Polling, Dutch Reformed Minister John P. Washington, Catholic Priest 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.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the The Four Chaplains marker series.
 
Location. 42° 38.889′ N, 73° 45.625′ W. Marker is in Albany, New York, in Albany County. Marker is on Madison Avenue just north of Eagle St. Touch for map. Marker is at the entrance to a larger war memorial. See photos. Marker is in this post office area: Albany NY 12210, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker
Facing North on Madison from The Four Immortal Chaplains Marker image. Click for full size.
By Yugoboy, April 6, 2013
2. Facing North on Madison from The Four Immortal Chaplains Marker
. Bleecker Park (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Lincoln in Albany (approx. 0.3 miles away); Site of Main Entrance to Old Capitol (approx. 0.3 miles away); Fort Frederick (approx. 0.3 miles away); a different marker also named Fort Frederick (approx. 0.3 miles away); General Philip Henry Sheridan Monument (approx. 0.3 miles away); a different marker also named Fort Frederick (approx. 0.3 miles away); An English Neighborhood (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Albany.
 
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 May 8, 2013, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.)
 
Categories. HeroesWar, World II
 
WWII Memorial as seen from sidewalk mere feet from 4 Chaplains memorial image. Click for full size.
By Yugoboy, April 6, 2013
3. WWII Memorial as seen from sidewalk mere feet from 4 Chaplains memorial
Marker on North side of WWII Memorial Entrance. image. Click for full size.
By Yugoboy, April 6, 2013
4. Marker on North side of WWII Memorial Entrance.
This marker is a poem, not a history marker, but adds depth and symmetry to the site. Text readable in next photo.
Badge of Glory Poem marker image. Click for full size.
By Yugoboy, April 6, 2013
5. Badge of Glory Poem marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 2, 2013, by Yugoboy of Rochester, New York. This page has been viewed 801 times since then and 181 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on May 2, 2013, by Yugoboy of Rochester, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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