First Monument at Arlington to 14 Rabbis Who Died Serving U.S.

“When the USS Dorchester, a U.S. Army troop ship carrying 900 soldiers and civilians, was attacked by the Germans in 1943, a rabbi, a Catholic priest and two Protestant ministers helped soldiers onto lifeboats and handed out life jackets, giving away their own as the ship sank off the coast of Greenland. The four chaplains were seen singing hymns and holding hands until the very end.

A plaque was unveiled at Arlington National Cemetery yesterday to the 14 Jewish chaplains who died on duty.

“Yet Rabbi Alexander Goode was the only one of the Immortal Chaplains, as they came to be known, not honored with a memorial. That is, until now.”

Yesterday at the Memorial Amphitheater at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia the first monument on Chaplains Hill commemorating Goode and 13 other Jewish chaplains killed on active duty in America’s armed forces was dedicated. The new monument takes its place next to three monuments to chaplains of other faiths who lost their lives in service to their country.

Read the full story from the Jewish Daily Forward.