Kearny, New Jersey: Four Chaplains Monument

Unveiled Feb. 3, 2013. The monument honors the memory of Father John P. Washington and three other chaplains, who gave away their life vests on a sinking WWII ship. One of 13 different monuments, scattered across the world, in memory of the chaplains, but this one is the most melodramatic.

Church of Saint Stephen

Address:
141 Washington Ave., Kearny, NJ
Directions:
The monument stands outside the Church of Saint Stephen, near the sidewalk, on the northeast corner of Kearney and Washington Aves.
Admission:
Free
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Four Chaplains Monument.

Four Chaplains Monument

Located right at the corner, easy to access with street side parking.

[Vladimir Rozvadovskiy, 07/12/2019]

The monument remembers four chaplains aboard the U.S.A.T. Dorchester transport ship on Feb. 3, 1943, when it was torpedoed by a German submarine and sunk in 18 minutes. The chaplains -- Protestant, Catholic, Jewish -- distributed life jackets to panicked sailors, and when they ran out, gave their own life jackets. Surviviors watched the four, arms interlocked, go down with the ship, as depicted in the sculpture.

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