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The Story of Five Men’s Heroism and Sacrifice: 80 years after the sinking of the USAT Dorchester
  • Date: Wednesday, February 01, 2023
  • Time: 7:00 pm
  • Location: William G. McGowan Theater at the National Archives Museum and Virtual

On February 3, 1943, the USAT Dorchester was sunk by a German submarine with the loss of 674 of the 904 on board.  This program will highlight the story of four Army chaplains, known as the “Four Chaplains” or the “Immortal Chaplains,” who all gave away their life jackets to save others before they died, gained fame and inspired memorials. Also discussed during this program is the rarely attributed heroics of an African American cook on the rescue ship USCGC Comanche, Charles W. David, Jr.  The current Army Chief of Chaplains, MG Thomas Solhjem, Chaplain Bob Nay and noted author Steven Collis will be joined in conversation with University of Tampa leadership professor Dr. Deirdre Dixon discussing how this story can inspire us today.

This program is made possible in part by the National Archives Foundation.