Four Chaplains Day – February 3, 2019

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As February 3, 2019 approaches, we’re reminded of the 76th anniversary of the event remembered as Four Chaplains Day.

Last year, the New York Times released an article that provides a great description of that fateful day.  The New York times wrote “On Feb. 3, 1943, the U.S.A.T. Dorchester, a military transport ship carrying 902 American servicemen and civilian workers, was torpedoed by a German submarine about 100 miles off the cost of Greenland. In 18 minutes, the ship would be lost under the frigid sea.  Panic ensued. The sailors who were not killed in the explosion or trapped below rushed to the decks, where some of the lifeboats had frozen to the ship, survivors recounted. But four chaplains standing on the decks remained calm, distributing life jackets. When the supply ran out, the chaplains gave the sailors their own.

The New York Times continued, “Only 230 men survived the sinking of the Dorchester, making it one of the worst naval tragedies for the Americans in World War II. Witnesses recalled seeing the four chaplains standing with arms interlocked, each praying in his own way, as the ship sunk. They were Catholic, Jewish and Protestant: Rabbi Alexander D. Goode, the Rev. George L. Fox, a Methodist Minister, the Rev. Clark V. Poling of the Reformed Church in America, and the Rev. John P. Washington, a Roman Catholic priest.”

For more details behind Four Chaplains Day, the Four Chaplains Memorial Foundation provides information here.  Additionally, for organizations organizing events to honor Four Chaplains Day, the American Legion recently released guidelines here.

The author, United States Air Force retired Brigadier General Carl Buhler is the CEO and lead consultant of Buhler Consulting, LLC which specializes in providing consulting services for aircraft maintenance, supply, technology, logistics and production.  Carl is a proud member of the American Legion.

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The American Legion Veterans & Children Foundation

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Helping those in need is what the American Legion aims to do by establishing the American Legion Veterans and Children Foundation. This foundation was established in October 2018 to “advance the organization’s continuous efforts to assist disabled veterans and military parents in need for decades to come” according to the American Legion.

To create the foundation, the Legion’s National Executive Committee approved a proposal to change the name of the American Legion Endowment Fund, which was established in 1925, to a name that is more representative of the Legion’s current mission.

The Legion also began a fundraising drive to increase funds in the foundation, while simultaneously setting a $25 million goal. Funds raised for the foundation are tax-deductible and can be made at www.legion.org/donate. Also, for more information on this foundation, please visit the following website.

The author, Carl Buhler, is a US Air Force retired Brigadier General and CEO of Buhler Consulting, LLC which specializes in providing consulting services across the aircraft maintenance, logistics, supply and production areas. Carl is a member of several veteran support organizations and a proud member of the American Legion.

The American Legion and Team 100

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Image by: Lucas Carter/The American Legion.

As the American Legion approaches its 100th anniversary in March, 2019, an effort called Team 100, is underway to not only increase membership, but to “draw on our timeless principles, reload and fire them into a second century of service to community, state and nation” according to Brett Reistad, the National Commander of the American Legion.

In an article titled ‘You are Team 100’, National Commander Reistad states “[a]s I prepare to lead The American Legion during its centennial year, I believe this is an opportunity to promote and educate communities nationwide about the organization’s history, four pillars, programs, and contributions to veterans and their families. To support this effort, I have chosen Team 100 to be our centennial membership theme – to bring all our resources to bear, increase our membership and start our second century of service off on the right foot.”

Each Legionnaire can help achieve the intent of Team 100 by identifying and recruiting new members to the American Legion. Often, just asking an eligible person to join the American Legion is what it takes for that person to join the Legion.  For more information, visit https://www.legion.org/dispatch/243100/you-are-team-100.  Also, for a video on Team 100, please visit https://www.legion.org/legiontv/FLlEg8BvcEH4ZVkK6f9s_Z6Q/DGiglYaJa4Y.

The author, Carl Buhler, is a US Air Force retired US Air Force Brigadier General (AF bio at (https://bit.ly/2AN3DVD).  Currently, he is the CEO of Buhler Consulting, LLC (https://buhlerconsulting.com) which specializes in providing consulting services for aerospace, production, manufacturing, and defense. Carl Buhler maintains affiliation with several military and veteran support organizations and is a member of the American Legion.