YORKTOWN, N.Y. - The World War II Four Chaplains Memorial Ceremony was held Sunday, Feb. 7, at the Yorktown American Legion Post 1009. In February 1943, four U.S. Army Chaplains on board a torpedoed and sinking troopship in the North Atlantic performed the ultimate sacrifice helping their fellow soldiers. One was a Rabbi, one a Dutch Reformed minister, the third a Lutheran minister, and the last was a Catholic priest. Each served their country, their religious beliefs, and their fellow soldiers on that fateful night. The survivors of the attack that night told of the bravery and inspiration these four Chaplains exhibited that night.
The American Legion welcomed four prominent local clergy members to concelebrate this inspiring story of faith and bravery: Mother Claire Woodley of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church; Rabbi Robert Weiner of Temple Beth Am; Rev. Dan O’Brien of Calvary Bible Church; and Fr. Robert Quarato of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton.