Volume XVII  Issue II                                                       THE POST                                                        February 22nd, 2017




                            Ralph Bechtold

                Contact me at [email protected]

                           Or, 708-207-2375 


And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three;

And the greatest of these is love.

1 Corinthians 13. Verse 13

February 3, 1943, a small convoy heading for Greenland, with a luxury liner converted into a troop ship, was carrying 902 servicemen and merchant seamen.  The ship was torpedoed shortly after midnight.  With the power out, the darkness and flooding caused chaos and panic set in.  In this pandemonium the four chaplains spread and tried to calm the frightened, tend the wounded, and guide the disoriented toward safety. While most of the men were top side, the chaplains opened a storage locker and passed out life jackets.  When the life jackets ran out, the chaplains took theirs off and gave them to four frightened young men.  As the bow lifted and the stern sank below the waves, survivors saw the chaplains link arms and offered prayers for the survivors.

Reverend George Fox, Methodist; Reform-Rabbi Alexander Goode; Reverend Clark Poling and John Washington, Catholic Priest.  The four men passed the ultimate test of faith and love


Please remember our members who are ill, as well as our men and women presently 

serving in our armed forces.

God’s peace to all!

Ralph Bechtold, Post Chaplain


Fiscal Year 2016-2017 Post Everlasting

Robert Rasmussen, U.S. Army, WWII 

DOB: Aug 19, 1928 - DOD:  October 28, 2016

David E. Oberg, U.S. Army Air Corp, WWII

DOB:  July 10,1919 - DOD:  October 31, 2016

Brasel, David F.  WWII   DOD:  November, 2016

Anthony J. Hetfleisch, U.S. Coast Guard, WWII

                                        DOB:  October 22, 1921—DOD:  December 29, 2016

                                              (Tony was the last former Coast Guard member of our Post)