Washington, John P., 1LT

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Last Rank
First Lieutenant
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
Last MOS Group
Chaplain (Officer)
Primary Unit
1943-1943, 5310, USAT Dorchester
Service Years
1942 - 1943


First Lieutenant

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Home State
New Jersey
New Jersey
Year of Birth
This Military Service Page was created/owned by MSG Donald H Patrick, Jr. to remember Washington, John P. (CMH, DSC, PH), 1LT.

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Newark, NJ
Last Address
Not Specified

Casualty Date
Feb 03, 1943
Hostile, Died
Drowned, Suffocated
Oceans and Seas
World War II
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
World War II FallenMilitary Chaplains AssociationU.S. Army Chaplain Corps Regimental Association
  1943, World War II Fallen [Verified]
  1943, Military Chaplains Association - Assoc. Page
  1943, U.S. Army Chaplain Corps Regimental Association

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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
76th Infantry DivisionChaplain Center and School (Staff) Fort Jackson, SC
  1942-1942, 5310, 76th Infantry Division
  1942-1942, 5310, Chaplain Center and School (Staff) Fort Jackson, SC
  1943-1943, 5310, USAT Dorchester
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1943 World War II2
 Colleges Attended 
Seton Hall University
  1928-1931, Seton Hall University
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Father John Washington gave his life jacket to another serviceman as the ship he was on was sinking.  The Dorchester had just been torpedoed by a German U-Boat (U-223 ).  Father Washington went down with his three friends - all Chaplains.  All gave their life jackets away to other servicemen.  They were last seen holding hands and praying on deck as the ship went down.

I am reminded of John 15:13 - Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

Rev Washington was awarded The Chaplain's Medal for Heroism in 1960 for his heroism in 1943. It is ranked just under the Medal of Honor. This decoration has only been awarded to four individuals since it was created by Congress. You will not find it listed on this website or listed by the Department of the Army. Because of it's limited number of awards, the latter deems it to be only a commemorative medal. So much - for taking care of soldiers. http://www.arlingtoncemetery.net/four-chaplains.htm
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