Father Joe McLaughlin, pastor of Holy Rosary Parish in Buckhannon, third from left, and Knights of Columbus Brother John Walsh, third from right, receive the Chapel of Four Chaplains Legion of Honor Award by Knights of Columbus Council 603 in Buckhannon. Participating in the award presentation are, from left, Council 603 Brothers Frank Koenig, Mike Gasper, Mike Ashley, and Roger Ware.
BUCKHANNON—For their years of dedicated and unselfish service to Holy Rosary Pairsh in Buckhannon and to the community, Father Joe McLaughlin, pastor, and Knights of Columbus Brother John Walsh received the Chapel of Four Chaplains Legion of Honor Award.
The ceremony was conducted June 5 by Knights of Columbus Council 603. Participating in the award presentation were Council 603 Brothers Frank Koenig, Mike Gasper, Mike Ashley, and Roger Ware.
The award is named for four U.S. Army chaplains who gave their lifejackets to crew members aboard the USAT Dorchester after it was torpedoed by a German submarine on Feb. 3, 1943, during World War II. The chaplains linked arms and prayed as they sank beneath the waves in the incident that claimed 675 lives.
Father McLaughlin and Walsh’s names will be listed on permanent record at the Chapel of the Four Chaplain’s interfaith memorial chapel in the Navy Yard in Philadelphia.