Resolution J259-2013

Memorializing Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim February 3, 2013, as Four Chaplains Day in the State of New York



  • Jan 24, 2013: ADOPTED
  • Jan 18, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE


LEGISLATIVE   RESOLUTION  memorializing  Governor  Andrew  M.  Cuomo  to
proclaim February 3, 2013, as Four Chaplains Day in  the  State  of  New

WHEREAS, February 3, 2013, is the 70th Anniversary of the sinking of the
United  States  Army transport Dorchester, an event that resulted in the
loss of nearly 700 lives in 1943 and for which witnesses have  recounted
in  the  Congressional Record the heroism of Four Chaplains of different
faiths, Lieutenant George L. Fox,  Methodist;  Lieutenant  Alexander  D.
Goode,  Jewish;  Lieutenant John P. Washington, Catholic; and Lieutenant
Clark V. Poling, Dutch Reformed; and
  WHEREAS, One of the four hereos, Lieutenant  Alexander  D.  Goode  was
born in Brooklyn, New York, on May 10, 1911; his father, Hyman Goodekow-
itz, was a prominent Brooklyn rabbi; and
  WHEREAS,  Each  of the Four Chaplains was awarded the Purple Heart and
the Distinguished Service  Cross  posthumously;  the  citation  of  each
reads:    "For  extraordinary  heroism in connection with military oper-
ations against an enemy of the United States. On the night of the 3rd of
February, 1943, a loaded troop transport was torpedoed, without warning,
by an enemy submarine in the North Atlantic and began to  sink  rapidly.
In  the resulting confusion and darkness some men found themselves with-
out life jackets and others became helpless through fear and  the  dread
of plunging into the freezing water. These Four Chaplains heroically and
calmly  moved  about the deck, encouraging the men and assisting them to
abandon ship; after the available supply of life jackets was  exhausted,
they gave up their own; they remained aboard ship and went down with it,
offering words of encouragement and prayers to the last"; and
  WHEREAS,  On the corner of Broad and Berks Streets in Philadelphia, in
the heart of Temple University, is the Chapel of the Four Chaplains;  it
is a memorial to the Four Chaplains who went down on the S.S. Dorchester
during  World War II; it is an interfaith shrine; in it are three remem-
brances, one for each faith -- Catholic, Jewish and Protestant;  at  the
entrance  burns an eternal light which calls all to the unity these Four
Chaplains so heroically demonstrated; chiseled deep into  the  stone  is
this dedication:
                        Chapel of Four Chaplains
                          An Interfaith shrine
                    Here is Sanctuary for Brotherhood
                      Let it never be violated; and
  WHEREAS,  On  July  14,  1960,  the  United  States Congress awarded a
special medal for valor, given in memory of the Four Chaplains, never to
be repeated; a memorial tribute to the Four Chaplains in the form  of  a
commemorative  coin-medal  was  presented  to the Chapel by the National
Commemorative Society; numerous stained glass windows, paintings, build-
ings and statues have been dedicated to the Four Chaplains; and
  WHEREAS, It is the sense of this  Legislative  Body  that  these  Four
Chaplains, who removed their own life jackets and gave them to others to
save their lives and who were last seen arm-in-arm in prayer on the hull
of  the ship, demonstrated a unique ecumenical spirit and love for their
fellow man and should never be forgotten; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause  in  its  deliberations  to
memorialize  Governor  Andrew  M. Cuomo to proclaim February 3, 2013, as
Four Chaplains Day in the State of New York; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That copies of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor of the State  of  New
York, and to the American Legion.


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