SEA OF GLORY
Ken Wales & David Poling Broadman & Holman Publishers, 2001 Review by Joy Calderwood Historical Fiction, World War II During the days when German U-boats made every US convoy ship a floating target, U.S.A.T. Dorchester, on secret mission in the North Atlantic, was sunk with a loss of three quarters of its personnel. The loss would have been greater if it hadn’t been for four army chaplains, shown in the introductory chapter going down with the ship, singing, their life belts given up to whoever happened to be nearby. It really happened, and there is a Chapel of the Four Chaplains in Philadelphia to commemorate it. The authors give us a short overview of the lives of the chaplains, each of a different faith, and how they lead to the Dorchester. We read a realistic account of the tense voyages of the Dorchester on its way to a mystery destination. Where the authors have used their imaginations is in the private conversations among the chaplains, conversations meant to show the growth of the bond that ultimately leads them to make their inspiring sacrifice together. We may ponder the value of the lives that were sacrificed. People who care enough to give up their lives for the random people nearby are often the ones who should live for the good of the community. However the authors have no problem with this. They emphasize that at least one soul was saved by viewing the chaplains’ heroism, and it is true that the entire event has been an inspiration to others.
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