Veterans to honor WWII’s heroic Four Chaplains, including York’s Goode

The Associated Press

MECHANICVILLE, N.Y. — A memorial event is being held at an upstate New York veterans organization to commemorate the sacrifices of a group of World War II Army clergymen known as the Four Chaplains.

Goode Elementary School sixth-graders Aaliyah Ushry, left, and Traciana Zimmerman check-out the new Kindles the school received Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016. Temple Beth Israel sponsored the purchase. The temple has developed an ongoing relationship with Goode because the school was named for former Temple Beth Rabbi Alexander Goode, who was one of Four Chaplains (Bill Kalina -

The U.S. transport ship Dorchester was carrying troops to Greenland when it was sunk by a German submarine on Feb. 3, 1943. Out of the more than 900 men aboard, only about 230 survived.

Four chaplains gave their life belts to four other men and went down with the ship. The chaplains were Catholic priest John Washington of Kearny, New Jersey; Rabbi Alexander Goode, a native of York, Pennsylvania; and ministers Clark Poling of Schenectady, New York, and George Fox of Gilman, Vermont.

Temple Beth donates Kindles to Goode K-8

The Four Chaplains commemoration is being held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the American Legion Post in Mechanicville, near Albany.