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Chapel of the Four Chaplains

1201 Constitution Avenue, The Navy Yard, Building 649, Philadelphia, PA 19112

 

One of the most courageous moments in American history is commemorated at the Chapel of the Four Chaplains. After the Dorchester, a U.S. Naval ship, had been fatally hit by an enemy torpedo in the icy waters of the north Atlantic, it was soon realized there would not be enough lifejackets for all the surviving sailors. In an interfaith expression of love and trust in God, two Protestant chaplains, a Catholic chaplain and a Jewish chaplain gave up their lifejackets, sacrificing their lives so that others could survive the sinking ship. In sacrificing their lives to save others, they embodied the truth of John 15:13: “Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends“ (NIV).

The chapel is currently located at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard.