David Fox-Benton and Bruce Weigl — Sacrifice and Reconciliation
May 27, 2004

In remembering the legacy of four World War II chaplains -- Catholic, Protestant, and Jewish -- who went down together with their torpedoed ship in 1943, we speak with David Fox, nephew of one of the chaplains. We also hear interviews with surviving veterans and veterans of the German ship that torpedoed them. Finally, a conversation with author, poet, and Vietnam War veteran Bruce Weigl. His most recent book, The Circle of Hahn, chronicles the long personal journey he has made back to Vietnam and to the adoption of a beloved Vietnamese child. The paradox of his life as a writer, he says, is that the war ruined his life and gave him his voice.

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Sunday, February 3, 2013 is the seventieth anniversary of the sinking of USAT Dorchester. The Epistle reading in the Revised Common Lectionary is 1 Corinthians 13. How appropriate to read these words about love and compassion on a day with such an example of selflessness. May the memory or the four chaplains be blessed and never forgotten.

This past week the U.S. Coast Guard's newly commissioned cutter honoring African-American ship cook and hero Charles David Jr. entered service based at Key West, Florida. See:
http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/11/17/v-fullstory/3761058/new-coast-guard-cutter-honors.html

for the story and background about this heroic man who also played a key role in saving sailors from the sunken Dorchester.

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David Fox-Benton

is director of the Immortal Chaplains Foundation.

Bruce Weigl

is an author, poet, and a Vietnam War veteran.