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Dr. Bruce Farrell, Chaplain (Col. Ret) Founder and Director of the 4 Chaplains Scholarship Fund
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Why we call it “the Four Chaplains Scholarship”
In the early morning of February 3, 1943 the U.S.A.T. Dorchester was torpedoed by a German submarine and sank in the icy North Atlantic. Only 230 men out of the 902 on board the Dorchester survived. Of those that perished that night were four Chaplains; Methodist Pastor George L. Fox, Rabbi Alexander D. Goode, Reformed Pastor Clark V. Poling and Father John P. Washington. These chaplains gave up their life jackets and encouraged others as they made the ultimate sacrifice for other service men. Witnesses told stories of how the chaplains joined arms, said prayers and sang hymns as the Dorchester sank beneath them.
Each Chaplain was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart and Distinguished Service Cross on December 19, 1944.
A one-time only posthumous Special Medal for Heroism was authorized by Congress and awarded by President Eisenhower on January 18, 1961. Congress attempted to confer the Medal of Honor but was blocked by the stringent requirements that required heroism performed under fire. The special medal was intended to have the same weight and importance as the Medal of Honor.
Evangelical Seminary’s Four Chaplains Scholarship program provides a tuition free Masters of Divinity degree to military chaplain candidates.