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A Sweet Tribute To Four Chaplains On A Postage Stamp Part II Of III

First version of the Four Chaplains postage stamp.

Continuing from Monday…

Reverend George Fox (Methodist), Jewish Rabbi Alexander Goode, Reverend Clark Poling (Dutch Reformed) and Father John Washington (Roman Catholic) showed grace and courage during the sinking of the Dorchester.  In 1948 the United States Postal Service issued a postage stamp to honor all four men.  The stamp went through three revisions before a final product was completed.

An interesting thing about this postage stamp is that it was issued earlier than normally would be expected.  Usually, a person needs to be deceased for a minimum of 10 years in order to appear on a United States postage stamp.  Because of the chaplain’s heroism, this particular 3 cent postage stamp was issued earlier.  The postage stamp did not have their individual names, nor the faiths that they represented, pursuant to the original design submission. Instead the postage stamp reads “These IMMORTAL Chaplains…Interfaith in Action.  The phrase “Died to Save Men of all Faiths” was removed from the original stamp design.

Please check back on Friday for the conclusion to this story.

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