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    Today, in 1944 marked the start of the ‪#‎BattleOfTheBulge‬, lasting nearly six weeks, it was one of the bloodiest battles of World War II. Allied Forces faced a surprise counter-offensive by German forces in the densely wooded Ardennes region of Belgium. The attack was designed to cut off key elements of the Allied Forces and drive the offensive all the way to the coast. Despite the extraordinarily difficult circumstances and being out-gunned and out-numbered, the ‪#‎USArmy‬ held and ultimately pushed back the Germans to their original line. For more on the battle visit http://www.army.mil/botb

    USArmy engineers emerge from the woods and move out of defensive positions after fighting in the vicinity of Bastogne, Belgium.
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    It is possible that this is an acual photo of my Uncles Unit, as he was 315 Combat Engineers and was involved in the Battle of the bulge.




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    On this day in 1944, Brig. Gen. Anthony C. McAuliffe, acting commander of the 101st Airborne Division, despite being surrounded in Bastogne, refused a German request for the Division’s surrender during the ‪#‎BattleOfTheBulge‬ by sending a reply that read: "December 22, 1944
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    One of the greatest stories of military history, and faith.



    It was Feb. 3, 1943, and the U.S. Army Transport Dorchester was one of three ships in a convoy, moving across the Atlantic from Newfoundland to an American base in Greenland. A converted luxury liner, the Dorchester was crowded to capacity, carrying 902 servicemen, merchant seamen and civilian workers.

    It was only 150 miles from its destination when shortly after midnight, an officer aboard the German submarine U2 spotted it. After identifying and targeting the ship, he gave orders to fire. The hit was decisive, striking the ship, far below the water line. The initial blast killed scores of men and seriously wounded many more.

    Others, stunned by the explosion were groping in the darkness. Panic and chaos quickly set in! Men were screaming, others crying or franticly trying to get lifeboats off the ship.

    Through the pandemonium, four men spread out among the Soldiers, calming the frightened, tending the wounded and guiding the disoriented toward safety. They were four Army chaplains, Lt. George Fox, a Methodist; Lt. Alexander Goode, a Jewish Rabbi; Lt. John Washington, a Roman Catholic Priest; and Lt. Clark Poling, a Dutch Reformed minister.

    Quickly and quietly the four chaplains worked to bring calm to the men. As soldiers began to find their way to the deck of the ship, many were still in their underwear, where they were confronted by the cold winds blowing down from the arctic.

    Petty Officer John J. Mahoney, reeling from the cold, headed back towards his cabin. "Where are you going'" a voice of calm in the sea of distressed asked' "To get my gloves," Mahoney replied. "Here, take these," said Rabbi Goode as he handed a pair of gloves to the young officer. "I can't take those gloves," Mahoney replied. "Never mind," the Rabbi responded. "I have two pairs." It was only long after that Mahoney realized that the chaplain never intended to leave the ship.

    Once topside, the chaplains opened a storage locker and began distributing life jackets. It was then that Engineer Grady Clark witnessed an astonishing sight. When there were no more lifejackets in the storage room, the chaplains simultaneously removed theirs and gave them to four frightened young men. When giving their life jackets, Rabbi Goode did not call out for a Jew; Father Washington did not call out for a Catholic; nor did Fox or Poling call out for a Protestant. They simply gave their life jackets to the next man in line. One survivor would later call it "It was the finest thing I have seen or hope to see this side of heaven."

    As the ship went down, survivors in nearby rafts could see the four chaplains -- arms linked and braced against the slanting deck. Their voices could also be heard offering prayers and singing hymns.

    Of the 902 men aboard the U.S.A.T. Dorchester, only 230 survived. Before boarding the Dorchester back in January, Chaplain Poling had asked his father to pray for him, "Not for my safe return, that wouldn't be fair. Just pray that I shall do my duty...never be a coward...and have the strength, courage and understanding of men. Just pray that I shall be adequate."

    Although the Distinguished Service Cross and Purple Heart were later awarded posthumously Congress wished to confer the Medal of Honor but was blocked by the stringent requirements which required heroism performed under fire. So a posthumous Special Medal for Heroism, The Four Chaplains' Medal, was authorized by Congress and awarded by the President on January 18, 1961.

    It was never given before and will never be given again.

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    But why wouldn't it ever be given again?
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    The medal was designated for those four Chaplains, And by congressional decree would only be issued that one time.

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    Then another reason Congress sucks.... I KNOW the chaplains are basically unsung heroes so the idea of a special medal for them is wonderful. I mean, aren't they like medics. Sometimes they are in the field, under fire but without weapons. My cousin was a medic in-country in Nam and even though he had a gun, he rarely used it because he was busy tending to wounded. So basically, he was in the field, under fire but non-combative.
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    A chaplain or medic who is on the battlefield is eligible for the Medal of Honor... because these four Chaplains were not under direct fire they were ineligible for the Medal of Honor, A decision I would disagree with, their ship had been torpedoed after all. But that's the way it was ruled. So the Four Chaplains Medal was designated for them and it is equal (the only medal equal) to the Congressional Medal of Honor...

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    Ah...thanks for the info. I love learning new things.

    And it's so ironic we're discussing military stuff. I'm sorting paperwork for the family - all the vital statistics papers, etc. - and I found my dad's original draft card, his course certificates to become a Carpenters Mate (1944 & 1945) and his Honorable Discharge papers. Mom and I were laughing because his Life Ins policy from the VA is $5K and she thought that would be enough to cover his final expenses. I told her it was very doubtful. And I know it sounds sick but we found that pretty funny, therefore the laughing.
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