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Fayette County News, Jan 19, 2024

American Legion Post 105 to Host Four Chaplains Program

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FAYETTE — The American Legion holds true to its values of support and dedication to its veterans, and on Feb. 3, AL Post 105 of Fayetteville will host the auxiliary unit’s annual Four Chaplains program.  To be held at the historic Log Cabin at 180 South Glynn Street in Fayetteville, the program will take place from 10-11:30 a.m., when those in attendance will hear about the tragedy and heroism that occurred on said day in 1943. 

The program is centered around the tale of the four chaplains, where, on Feb. 3, 1943, 920 men were on a military mission aboard the U.S.A.T. Dorchester when, after midnight, the ship was hit by a German U-boat that torpedoed the ship just 90 miles short of its destination.  The ship was hit by an enemy ship, but there were four brave chaplains, George L. Fox, Alexander D. Goode, Clark V. Poling, John P. Washington, who gave up their life jackets so four soldiers could be saved from the sinking ships.  According to the Four Chaplains Memorial Foundation, on the night of the incident, the four chaplains began to spread among the soldiers, attempting to calm the frightened, tend to the wounded, and guide the disoriented toward safety.  The four went to a storage locker and began to distribute life jackets to those who were still alive in the submarine and, when they realized there were no more left, gave their life jackets to four of the remaining soldiers.  “As the ship when down, survivors in nearby rafts could see the four chaplains - arms linked and braced against the slanting deck. Their voices could also be heard offering prayers,” representatives from the Four Chaplains Memorial Foundation said.

Of the 902 men aboard the submarine, 672 died, leaving 230 survivors.  The Distinguished Service Cross and Purple Heart were awarded to the four chaplains posthumously on Dec. 19, 1944, to the next-of-kin by Lt. General Breton B. Somervell, commanding general of the U.S. Army Service Forces, in a ceremony at the post chapel at Fort Myer, Va.  A one-time-only posthumous Special Medal for Heroism was authorized by Congress and awarded by then President Dwight D. Eisenhower on Jan. 18, 1961.

Fayette County News, Jan 16, 2024

Post 105 Shows Appreciation for Local Business


At the January meeting of American Legion Fayette County Post 105, a certificate of appreciation from the legion was presented to the Fayetteville office of Georgia Cremation.  The local office of Georgia Cremation has been heavily involved for years as a partner with Post 105 in providing the citizens of the community a dignified and respectful way to "retire" old and worn-out American Flags that are no longer suitable for use, according to Post 105 members.  Georgia Cremation is located at 1086 Highway 54 in Fayetteville. Post 105 is the oldest veterans’ organization in Fayette County and meets at the historic Log Cabin in Fayetteville the second Monday of each month.