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White House Ceremony Marks Issuance of Interfaith Postage Stamp Honoring Chaplains

Ceremonies at the White House today marked the issuance of an “interfaith in action” three-cent stamp commemorating the death of four chaplains–a rabbi, a Catholic priest, and two Protestant ministers–when their ship, the Dorchester, was torpedoed in the North Atlantic on February 3 1943.

President Truman, addressing a group of 400 persons who gathered in the White House Rose Garden for the ceremony, pointed out that three faiths had been represented on the sinking ship–that took place on the Dorchester. “The greatest sermon that ever was preached is right here on this stamp,” he said.

Representatives of the families of the chaplains–Rabbi Alexander D. Goode, Father John P. Washington, Rev. George L. Fox, and Rev. Clark V. Poling–received the first issues of the stamp from Postmaster General Jesse Donaldson.