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PRESIDENT RICHARD M. NIXON - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 01/03/1957 - HFSID 48446

 
RICHARD NIXON
The Vice President cannot speak at The Chapel of Four Chaplains on the 14th anniversary of the sinking of the Dorcester.
Typed Letter Signed: "Richard Nixon" as Eisenhower's Vice President, 1p, 8x10½. Office of the Vice President, Washington, 1957 January 3. To Dr. Daniel A. Poling, Chairman and Editor, "Christian Herald Magazine", New York, New York. In full: "This is just a note to thank you for your letter of December 27, 1956, extending an invitation for me to speak at the Vesper Service at the Chapel of Four Chaplains on Dorchester Day, Sunday, February 3, in New York. It was most thoughtful of you to ask me to be the speaker on this occasion, as I had hoped that this year I would be able to be with you on that day. Unfortunately, however, I have already made a commitment for that particular Sunday and, consequently, it will be impossible for me to accept your cordial invitation." Dr. Poling's son, Lieutenant Clark V. Poling, was a Dutch Reformed Protestant minister and was one of four chaplains who died aboard the troop transport Dorchester when it was torpedoed in the North Atlantic in World War II on February 3, 1943. As the ship was sinking, the chaplains spread out among the soldiers and tried to calm the frightened, tended to the wounded and guided them to safety. The chaplains gave their life jackets to four soldiers and, arms linked and braced against the slanting deck, went down with 668 others; 230 soldiers survived. The Distinguished Service Cross and Purple Heart were awarded to the chaplains posthumously to their next of kin. Because the chaplains were ineligible to receive the Congressional Medal of Honor as the award specifically requires heroism performed under fire, Congress authorized the four chaplains to receive a posthumous Special Medal for Heroism never before given and never to be given again. It was awarded by President Eisenhower on January 18, 1961, one of his last acts as President. Through the efforts of Dr. Poling, and with the help of many individuals and organizations, The Chapel of Four Chaplains at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania was dedicated by President Truman on February 3, 1951. Staple holes at upper left blank corner, horizontal fold underlines signature, lightly creased, else in fine condition..


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PRESIDENT RICHARD M. NIXON
Born: January 9, 1913 in Yorba Linda, California
Died: April 22, 1994 in New York City, New York




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