Today, February 3rd 1943 The USS (USAT) Dorchester..an army troop transport ship going through “torpedo alley” was hit and sunk near the coast of Greenland. Four interfaith (Catholic, Protestant and Jewish) Chaplains gave away their life jackets and remained on board the fast sinking ship- locked armed praying together for the men.. of the 900 men aboard the ship, only 230 were rescued from those frozen waters.
A PRAYER FOR CHAPLAINS
By Dick Millspaugh BCC
O Holy One,
When disaster strikes by air, land or sea
When shock numbs, stuns, or overcomes me
When the flames of anger threaten me
When retaliation seems my only choice
Speak to me of grace.
When I would be god to save all
Creator of the air, land and sea:
Strengthen me, that I may calm others.
Ground me, that I may be peace for others.
Empower me, that I may act where I am.
Humble me, that I may know my need
Is always, always to live in You.
James Swearingen, 1992 Composed/wrote “The Light Eternal” to commemorate/honor their dedication, service, sacrifice and steadfast faith.