Korea Veterans Memorial

Sports Complex
E Ajo Way at Forges St 
Tucson, Pima County, Arizona

Inscriptions & Photos

 

"We were those whom others did not want to be.

We went where others feared to go and did what others feared to do

THE KOREAN WAR MEMORIAL

Rhoads Chapter

Korean War Veterans Association 

June 23, 1950 - July 27, 1953"




"Jewish War Veterans of the United States America

Friedman - Paul Post 201, Tucson, Arizona

Dedicated to the memory of the thousands of the men and women of the Jewish Faith who served bravely, honorably and faithfully in each of America's coflicts from Colonial Days to the present.


"AIRBORNE

Dedicated to the men and women who have served proudly in the nation's

Airborne Forces

Presented by the Southern Arizona Chapter

of the 82nd Airborne Division Association" 


"The IMMORTAL Chaplains

Catholic, Protestant, Jewish

Interfaith in Action

Lt Goode

Lt Fox

Lt Poling

Lt Washington

SACRIFICED THEIR LIVES FOR MEN OF ALL FAITHS

February 3, 1943"  

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The focus of this memorial area is the honor roll of those lost in Korea, but my interest was taken by a bronze plaque remembering the loss of the SS Dorchester and "The Four Chaplains" in the Labrador Sea on February 3, 1943.

Dorchester had been built as a passenger liner, but the war dictated that it be placed with the US Government for use as a troop ship.

The transport had 904 crew and passengers aboard when it sailed eastbound with convoy SG-19 on her final voyage. Only 230 were pulled alive from the freezing Atlantic by Coast Guard cutters Escanaba and Comanche. This was the largest loss of American personnel during any convoy sinking of World War II. Panic and confusion added to the difficulties of those aboard as the ship went down by the head and sank in about 20 minutes.

Four Army chaplains each gave up their own life vests to others that had escaped their berthing areas without floatation gear. Lt Goode, Lt Fox, Lt Poling and Lt Washington have been honored in many ways, and at many places. But it is never enough to remember that in war the unselfish actions of others are often the only bright light in an otherwise dismal outcome.When the convoy system first started with US Navy and Coast Guard escorts in 1941 the Navy made it perfectly clear that if a ship was hit the rest of the convoy would continue without any attempt to save the merchantmen that may have survived the explosions of torpedos or deck guns.

The Commanding Officers of many Coast Guard cutters simply ignored that directive, often coming to a dead stop to pull survivors aboard. In the case of Dorchester it was the invention and usage of cold water immersion suits that allowed men from Cutter Escanaba to enter the freezing water and help survivors aboard. The irony of that is that the suits were invented by the XO of Escanaba, who died a few months later, on June 13, 1943, when the cutter struck a floating mine and went down, taking all but two of the 105 men aboard. 

03/26/2017

 

 

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