Bound for glory and eternity 
Four winds blowing on a stormy sea 
Faith, hope and love; a job well done 
Four winds blowing with the spirit of one 
Setting out into the dark of night 
A ship filled with men prepared to fight 
Ready to die to keep men free 
It was January 22, 1943 
George Lansing Fox, Veteran at arms 
Heeding the call of duty’s alarm 
He tells his wife, I must go 
What these boys are facing, I already know. 
David Goode, Rabbi, leader of men 
Carries the haunting memories of a boy of ten 
Watching the burial of a soldier with no name 
Igniting forever in his heart, the sacred fire 
Of freedoms flame 
Clark Poling, exuberant soul, outgoing and free 
Responding to the call of a higher decree 
Tells his father---don’t pray for the safe 
Return of your son 
But that I fulfill my duty---- and be counted 
Worthy of a job well done 
Father John Washington at the age of twelve 
Was on the brink of death, but his life prevailed 
Knowing that God had something special for him to do 
He set sail with the Dorchester during World War II 
The ship cut a path through icy waters 
The enemy was all around 
The young warriors were anxious and nervous 
Not knowing where they were bound 
And through the valley of the shadow of death 
Sailed the ship into the silent night 
And with the courage and strength that comes from above 
Stand the chaplains----four Holy beacons of light 
Then suddenly the ship was hit 
It was a mortal wound 
She was sinking, sinking fast 
Down to her final doom 
Stricken with panic 
From the deadly blow 
Men were screaming and yelling 
As they ran to and fro

Amidst the raging chaos, anguish, fear and pain
Suddenly appeared four chaplains-calmly standing-
As if in the eye of a hurricane
They spoke forth words of courage
To men who were on the verge of death
Their voices rang not with an earthly sound
But were blessed with a Heavenly Breath

They handed out the lifejackets
Until they were all gone
And then the soldiers watched in awe
As they handed out their own
They braced against the slanted deck
Arm in arm-side by side
They lifted up their hearts to Heaven
To the Father in whose love they did abide

Other men drew close to them
Their panic and fear replaced
By the emanating presence
Of God's Holy peace and grace
In Hebrew, Latin and English
Their voices began to pray
Reaching out to the very same God
Each in His own way

The stern came high out of the water
The Dorchester slid down into the sea
Six hundred and five men were lost
Four chaplains were set free
They saw no Protestant, Catholic or Jew
Only men in need-They joined together in brotherhood
And fulfilled a noble deed