NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY, Pa. — The Northumberland American Legion Post 44 in Point Township hosted a memorial service in honor of Four Chaplains Day Sunday.
On February 3, 1943, more than 600 soldiers and civilian workers lost their lives when the United States Army Transport Dorchester was hit by a torpedo and sunk.
Four chaplains aboard sacrificed themselves to help others get to safety.
American Legion members say it's important to honor them.
"It's a way of remembering what these four gentlemen did for our country and for soldiers on that vessel. And it's a way that we can pay tribute to them for their service," said Thomas Walsh, Sons of American Legion Pennsylvania Detachment.
This year marks the 80th anniversary of the ship sinking.
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