75rd Annual Service honoring the Four Chaplains Feb. 10 in Sebastian


Four Chaplains monument in Sebastian on the waterfront.


All welcome to join us for the 75th Anniversary and Service remembering these great men at the Four Chaplains Monument in Riverview Park.

The USAT Dorchester, an Army troop ship was torpedoed by a Nazi submarine in the North Atlantic on February 3, 1943. There were 902 aboard and 675 perished. Among the DEAD were Four Chaplains, all great friends who sacrificed their lives to save others. A torpedo fired from a Nazi submarine struck mid-ship at 12:55 AM, on that fateful February morning.

Our County’s Clergy tells the Chaplain’s story and teaches us to honor these great men who brought “Interfaith In Action” to a WW11 military that was segregated! This will be a full military ceremony complete with Color Guard, 21-gun salute and live Taps by Duke Scales. Arnie Schwichtenberg, a Pearl Harbor survivor will lead us in the Pledge of Allegiance as Boy Scout troop 600 will accompany him. The Jewish War Veterans, US Navy Armed Guard and Merchant Marine, Sebastian H.S. Navy Jr. ROTC and Boy Scouts Troop #500 will also be represented at this service.

The Sebastian Monument contains an “Eternal Flame” dedicated to all American Veterans. This monument was built as a memorial to these Chaplains and honors them and Indian River County’s past survivor, Ernie L. Heaton.

Join us on this anniversary of the sinking of the USAT Dorchester as we honor these great Men. A must for all children, parents and grandparents. All are welcome.

For more information please call Larry Wapnick at 772 532 8749

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