Tuesday, May 24, 2011

National memorial for fallen rabbi nears in Arlington National Cemetery

From the Daily Record / Sunday News
By MIKE ARGENTO and TERESA ANN BOECKEL


Congress has moved a step closer to honoring Alexander D. Goode, a York rabbi who was one of the immortal "Four Chaplains." On Monday, the House of Representatives unanimously passed a bill that would allow a monument at Arlington National Cemetery to honor the memory of Jewish chaplains who died during active duty.

Congressman Todd Platts, R-York County, who co-sponsored the bill, said in a statement that, while Chaplains' Hill at the Arlington National Cemetery contains memorials to chaplains of several different faiths who died while serving their country, it lacks a memorial to honor the 13 Jewish chaplains who gave their lives in World War II and the Korean and Vietnam wars.


"It's long overdue recognition of true American heroes," Platts said during a telephone interview.


These chaplains served in uniform and made the ultimate sacrifice, he said.


"As a life-long resident of York, I am extremely proud that Rabbi  Alexander D. Goode, one of the heroic 'Four Chaplains' who gave their lives saving others aboard the torpedoed USS Dorchester in World War II, was once a Rabbi at Beth Israel Synagogue and an active member of the York community," Platts said in a statement.


It's unfortunate that it has taken such a long time for the Jewish chaplains to be recognized, Platts said, but it's better late than never. It's important that their service be remembered by future generations.


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