By Lt. Roland Ramon, PIO/AA

Correctional Training Facility

The chaplains and inmate military veterans at the Correctional Training Facility (CTF) conducted a ceremony last month to honor four heroic chaplains who gave their lives to save others during World War II.

Inmates provided the color guard and CTF chaplains gave the invocation and benediction at the ceremony. During a bell-ringing ceremony, four CTF chaplains read a biography of the WW II chaplains.

The WW II chaplains gave up their life jackets to others after the troop ship they were traveling on was torpedoed on Feb. 3, 1944, by a German submarine in the Atlantic Ocean.

CTF chaplains ceremonyThe chaplains were Methodist Minister George L. Fox, Reformed Church in America Minister Clark V. Poling, Catholic Priest John P. Washington and Rabbi Alexander B. Goode.

Some CTF inmates said they were struck by the varying backgrounds of the four men. Rev. Washington was the leader of a New Jersey street gang before he became a priest. Rev. Fox worked alongside the infantry as a medic in World War I before becoming a minister.

After the ceremony, inmates and staff expressed a desire to continue the service as an annual event.