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Posted on: February 2, 2024

Commissioners Issue Proclamation for Four Chaplains Day

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February 2, 2024


Douglas County Commissioners Issue Proclamation for Four Chaplains Day


(Douglas County, Ore.) – Douglas County Commissioners Chris Boice, Tim Freeman, and Tom Kress issued a proclamation on Wednesday, January 31, 2024, at the Weekly Business Meeting calling upon all citizens of Douglas County to observe Four Chaplains Day, on Saturday, February 3, 2024.  For more than seventy years the Chapel of the Four Chaplains has told their story and supported the Legion of Honor Awards program all across America, which publicly recognizes and honors outstanding members of society whose lives model the giving spirit and unconditional service to community, nation, and humanity without regard to race, religion, or creed exemplified so dramatically by the Four Chaplains.  A copy of the video presentation can be found on the Douglas County Government Facebook page:


The proclamation was presented by Commissioner Boice, on behalf of the Board and acknowledged, “We recognize that February 3, 2024, marks the eighty-first anniversary of the sinking of the United States Army Transport Ship Dorchester by enemy action off the coast of Greenland in the midst of World War II.  One this day we honor the four Army chaplains who were on board the Dorchester - Lt. George L. Fox, a Methodist Minister from Vermont; Lt. Alexander D. Goode, a Jewish Rabbi from Pennsylvania; Lt. John P. Washington, a Roman Catholic Priest from New Jersey and Lt. Clark V. Poling, a Dutch Reformed Minister from New York – for rendering services beyond valor, as they stood arm-in-arm leading those on board in prayer, giving away their own life jackets, as the ship sank into the deep.”  


Commissioner Freeman presented proclamation certificates to Douglas County’s Legion of Honor Chapter Co-coordinators, as well as and previous Legion of Honor Recipients from Douglas County.  Douglas County Legion of Honor Co-Coordinators - James Little (Retired U.S. Navy) and James Barnett (Retired USMC).  Previous Legion of Honor recipients from Douglas County in attendance: Dan Loomis, Sheriff John Hanlin, Richard Sciapiti, David Hopkins, Gerald Anderson, Neil Hummel, Jim Barnett, Jim Little, Terry Bagley, Carol Hunt, Ann Barnett, Carmen Little, and Cynthia Houston. Commissioner Freeman is also a previous recipient.


“Jim Little, Jim Barnett thank you both for your passion for this remembrance service and for veterans and this community,” commented Commissioner Freeman. “I know how much time and effort you both put into this particular project as well as other really important projects. I’m excited that Dan Loomis is coming alongside you to start being more involved as a co-host. Dan will do a fantastic job working with you two. I try very hard to attend each ceremony in our area because they are absolutely worth attending. It gives us all a chance to remember the incredible sacrifice of the Four Chaplains, and really, all veterans and community members that try very hard to make things better.”

Douglas County Commissioners proclaimed Saturday, February 3, 2024, as Four Chaplains Day in Douglas County and encouraged all our citizens to honor the Four Chaplain’s and the memory of those who perished on the Dorchester that day by stepping up and giving back to your communities in service.  To learn more about the Legion of Honor and the Chapel of Four Chaplains log onto their website:


Proclamation Attached. Photos © K.Trenkle/Douglas County.

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