inter-faith shrine...will stand through long generations to teach Americans that as men
can die heroically as brothers, so they should live together in mutual faith and good
President Harry S Truman
On February 3, 1951 a unique
inter-faith chapel was dedicated at Temple University in Philadelphia. The Chapel of
the Four Chaplains was dedicated by President Harry S Truman, and Reverend Daniel A.
Poling, Clark Poling's father, presided over the activities. Reverend Poling, along
with members of the other Chaplains' families were largely responsible for the monumental
effort that went into getting the Chapel Completed.
Over the years, these surviving family members have
worked long and hard at keeping the story of four valiant men of God alive. Though
Rabbi Goode's daughter Rosalie Goode Fried never really got to know her father, she was
only 3 years old at the time of his death, she spent much of her life calling to mind the
sacrifice, service, and inter-faith camaraderie of the four men.
hopes that the Chapel of the Four Chaplains would "stand through long
generations" may have been somewhat optimistic. Less than 50 years after the
dedication of the Chapel, many Americans have never heard the story of the Four Chaplains.
At a time when our Nation cries out for heroes and role-models of strength,
character, and inspiration, the passing of time and fading memories obscure those very
heroes we need so badly, from our consciousness.
In the last couple of years Reverend David Fox, the
minister nephew of Chaplain George Fox, and Rabbi Goode's daughter Rosalie Goode Fried,
put together a foundation to create a permanent memorial to the Four Chaplains.
Earlier this year (February, 1999) Mrs. Fried died in an automobile accident, but the
project goes forward. Though the original Chapel of the Four Chaplains no longer
exists to provide an inspirational, inter-faith shrine; the work of the Chapel of the Four
Chaplains continues. They host an Annual Awards Banquet each February to honor
Americans of patriotism, character, and sacrifice. They provide guidelines for Four
Chaplains Services that are held annually by many churches and synagogues. They
provide, at a small cost, Four Chaplains memorabilia, photos, and posters. They
sponsor an annual Scholarship Essay and Lifesaver Contest for youth. Twice a year
they also publish a large newsletter. In addition, from their temporary offices at a
mall in Pennsylvania, they dream and plan for a new Chapel of the Four Chaplains, which
they hope to see built in the coming years.
Chapel of the Four Chaplains
P.O. Box 1943
Valley Forge, PA 19482-1943
|Visit the CHAPEL
OF THE FOUR CHAPLAINS on-line.
|Visit the website of the Immortal
From the birth of the Hall of Heroes website I have set
guidelines for myself in its development. Among these I determined that:
**I will promote no cause other than patriotism,
**I will not use it as a forum to further any agenda, and
**I will avoid any commercialization of the rich heritage that is America.
The future of the CHAPEL OF THE FOUR CHAPLAINS is so
important, however, I feel I would be remiss not to promote its cause. Pam and I
have committed ourselves to send, in February, the largest contribution we can afford to
support this effort. We would challenge others to consider doing likewise. I
would also encourage visitors to these pages to share the information on the Four
Chaplains in their own church or synagogue. This is an effort houses of worship from
around our Nation should keep in their prayers and support as a mission. I would
challenge these churches and synagogues to remember the Four Chaplains, especially in
February when services are still held in many places to remember the brotherhood, faith
and sacrifice of the Four Chaplains. If even half of these houses of worship would
designate one special offering in February to support this vital inter-faith effort, the
history of the Four Chaplains can be preserved for future generations.
The Four Chaplains by Art Seiden
Courtesy of Seymour "Sy" Brody, author:
"Jewish Heroes and Heroines of America"
(Used by permission)