Air Force Chaplain Capt. Christopher Reeder (l) and Rabbi Arnold Resnicoff, Captain, Chaplain Corps, USN, Retired (r)
Yesterday, I had the great privilege of attending a memorial event sponsored by the Library of Congress History Project and the U.S. Navy Memorial in Washington, D.C.
The event commemorated the four interfaith chaplains who went down with the USAT Dorchester in WWII, after it was torpedoed by a German U-boat. The chaplains -- two Protestant, one Jewish and one Catholic -- selflessly helped others into the too-few life boats and when life jackets ran out, they took theirs off and handed them to those in need. They were among the 672 men who lost their lives that night.
You can read Dan Kurzman's terrific account of that act of heroism, a book titled The Four Immortal Chaplains
. There were many eyewitnesses to the events of that night who all agreed on the basic facts of the chaplains' actions.
The event yesterday marking the 68th anniversary of the tragic event featured Rabbi Arnold Resnicoff as keynote speaker. Chaplain Resnicoff is one of the fifty-five chaplains I interviewed for Miracles and Moments of Grace.
He told me his harrowing story of being present at the bombing of the Marine barracks in Beirut in 1983.
It was a pleasure to spend the afternoon with Chaplain Resnicoff, and with another one of my chaplains, U.S. Air Force Chaplain Christopher Reeder, and his wife Jennifer. Chaplain Reeder told me the wonderful story of meeting Jennifer while he was deployed to Afghanistan.
For more photos from the event, head on over to my new Miracles and Moments of Grace facebook page