American Legion honors fallen heroes
Sunday marked the 76th anniversary of the sinking of the Dorchester Army transport ship.
More than 670 soldiers lost their life that day. Long Beach Post 1995 of the American Legion honored four of those brave men who willingly gave up their life jackets and lives to save others.
The memorial service featured a posting of colors by the West Harrison High School Junior ROTC, a keynote address by former Navy Chaplain Ron Durham, and a laying of a memorial wreath.
American Legion Post 1995 Secretary Charles Martinek told News 25 it is their duty to honor those who died for their country. “These guys were true heroes. Their duty to God and country, they looked after their shipmates rather than themselves. I think that’s a virtue that needs to be promulgated and reinforced every year with the ceremony.”
This was the third ceremony hosted by Post 1995. They plan to host the ceremony again next year.