Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Forgotten History

At plein air sketches, my sister has a wonderful photo of artwork showing the U.S.S. Dorchester and her Coast Guard escorts. The Dorchester was a WWII U.S. troop ship sunk in the North Atlantic by a German U-boat. Hundreds of soldiers died, including our grandfather, an Army Captain.

Elizabeth highlights how so little is known about the sinking of the Dorchester. It is remembered because of the bravery of the four chaplains, but the full story of the ship and its last journey is not really known. Now, so many of the survivors have passed on that most of the details are probably lost. How and why all of these men died will probably never be completely known. It really is a shame.

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