American Legion Post 50 SAL 50 New York USA
|Arlington National Cemetery
Chaplains' Hill Project
Help Honor Ten Heroic “Missing” Chaplain's at Arlington National Cemetery
January 21, 2010
Between the main gate of Arlington National Cemetery on the road towards the Tomb of the
Unknowns, in Section 2 is Chaplains Hill. The site honors the heroic service of military chaplains
with monuments honoring Catholic Chaplains, Chaplains Lost in WWI, and Protestant Chaplains.
Missing is recognition of ten Jewish Chaplains killed during WWII and Vietnam service.
The American Legion has always revered the story of the "Four Chaplains" who died heroically
during World War II on February 3, 1943 when the troop ship Dorchester, with more than 900
men on board was torpedoed and sunk in the north Atlantic.
On board were four US Army Chaplains, two Protestant ministers, a Catholic priest and a Jewish
rabbi, who did everything they could to help as many of the soldiers on board survive. The
Chaplains gave up their own life preservers deck and calmed the men. Less than twenty
minutes after the torpedo struck, the ship went to the bottom of the cold north Atlantic. When
last seen, the Four Chaplains were last seen praying together on the ship’s railing.
The four Chaplains were Father John Washington (Catholic), Reverend Clark Poling (Dutch
Reformed), Rabbi Alexander Goode (Jewish) and Rev. George Fox (Methodist). Their story of
heroism is one of the enduring legacies of World War II that has been recognized by Presidents
and Congress. Their story needs to be remembered and passed to future generations.
The Superintendent at Arlington National Cemetery has indicated to our committee the
requirements to present a set of plans for consideration. We plan to present a proposal in early
2010 describing a monument honoring the ten Jewish Chaplains known to have died during
military service. The monument will mirror the existing ones at Chaplains Hill. We hope to order
the monument and have it installed during 2010, but we need your help!
Fundraising is being coordinated by Rabbi Harold L. Robinson, Rear Admiral CHC USN Ret, the
Director, JWB Jewish Chaplains Council. Checks can be issued and sent to:
The Association of Jewish Chaplains of the Armed Forces and Veterans Affairs
520 Eighth Avenue, 4th Floor, New York NY, 10018
It is important to reference on checks “Arlington Jewish Chaplains’ Monument”. Questions can be
sent to Ken Kraetzer at 914-450-9554 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or Sol Moglen at 201-415-1141.
Chaplains Hill decorated by Wreaths Across America during
December 2009. New Monument honoring thirteen heroic Jewish
Chaplains Killed during service is proposed to be placed on right.