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April 2, 2015 • Vol. 92, No. 3 “For God & Country”
Official Publications of The Wisconsin American Legion Family
The mission of The American Legion, Department Of Wisconsin is to provide service to veterans, their families and their communities.
DeForest Post & Auxiliary Hold Joint Four Chaplains Service
The opening of the February 2015 meeting at Olson-Grinde Post No. 348 in DeForest was like no other. Along with Auxiliary Unit No. 348, the Post membership commemorated the 70th anniversary of the sinking of the USS Dorchester and the four immortal chaplains who sacrificed their lives for men of all faiths. Led by Post Commander Bill Ridgely and Post Chaplain Greg Suchomel, a very fitting and distinct Memorial Ceremony was conducted following American Legion protocol. The observance was conducted by six Legionnaires and four auxiliary members, while the remaining attendees participated in prayer and meditation. Also present was Dr. Sue Borden, Superintendent of the DeForest Area School District, who shared the profound impact the ceremony had upon her. One aspect of the historic story that stood out for her was the educational experience each of the four men embarked upon to become chaplains after having elected to do something else previ-
ously in their lives. The affect of the Four Chaplains story had upon those present was discussed at great length following the meeting. It is significant that a single moment in time from 70 years ago can still impact our lives today.
The Reverend George Fox (Methodist), Jewish Rabbi Alexander Goode, Reverend Clark Poling (Dutch Reformed) and Father John Washington (Roman Catholic) will not be forgotten as their actions have left an indelible and solemn mark upon us.
Unit No. 348 Auxiliary member Mary Hankins places a candle in honor of one of the four chaplains as a bell sounded in solemn remembrance.
Dorie Miller Post No. 546 Helps Racine Homeless Veterans
Smiles and soap suds were seen, friendships were formed and fun was had on Tuesday, February 24th at the “Laundry Love” to assist Homeless veterans in Racine. 8,089 quarters were used to run 467 loads of clothes and bedding through the wash. Members of the Dorie Miller Post No. 546 took part in the activities. The next Laundry Love is scheduled for Tuesday, April 28 from 4 to 8 PM at the Velvet Touch Laundromat in Racine. Pictured on the right is Post No. 546 Adjutant Rory Burns with an area veteran.