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After being torpedoed, 4 Chaplains gave their life jackets to others. Singing hymns, they went down with the ship. Project needs $750.
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Eugene Daub is both a renowned sculptor and a multi-award winning medalist. Last year, Daub attended the dedication of his statue of Rosa Parks in the National Statuary Hall in the United States Capitol – the first full-sized statue authorized and funded by Congress since the 1870s. Daub believes that “sculpting the Immortal Four Chaplains was one of the most rewarding projects I have ever worked on.”

Computerized image of Four Chaplains medal.
Computerized image of Four Chaplains medal.

The Jewish-American Hall of Fame has issued medals every year since 1969, but the project is barely breaking even, and they need a minimum of $750 in orders to profitably produce the Immortal Four Chaplains medals. Supporters of the project of $45 or more will receive one of these meaningful rare art medals in bronze, silver or gold-plated silver (depending on level of support) with a stand so it can be displayed commemorating the bravery of the Four Chaplains.

There are many stories of bravery among the American Military during World War II, but few have captured the imagination and admiration of Americans more than the Four Chaplains. The Dorchester left New York on January 23, 1943, en route to Greenland, carrying four chaplains (Alexander Goode, a Jewish rabbi; John Washington, a Catholic priest; Clark Poling, a Dutch Reformed minister; and George Fox, a Methodist minister) and approximately 900 others. On February 3, 1943, the vessel was torpedoed by a German submarine off Newfoundland. Panic set in among the men on board, many of them trapped below decks. The chaplains sought to calm the men and organize an orderly evacuation of the ship. As life jackets were passed out to the men, the supply ran out. The chaplains removed their own life jackets and gave them to others. They also helped as many men as they could into lifeboats, and then linked arms and, saying prayers and singing hymns, went down with the ship.

Final art medals will have handsome antique finish (bronze or silver) or shiny finish (gold-plated silver). Each low mintage medal will be individually serial numbered on the edge, and will be accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity.

Here is plaster model for other side of medal, honoring the first Jewish Chaplain, Rabbi Jacob Frankel--appointed by President Lincoln.
Here is plaster model for other side of medal, honoring the first Jewish Chaplain, Rabbi Jacob Frankel--appointed by President Lincoln.

Risks and challenges

There are no risks in this project because the original plaster models have been complete by Eugene Daub, and dies are now being prepared at the mint that has previously made medals for the Jewish-American Hall of Fame. The Jewish-American Hall of Fame has been producing medals since 1969, and with your help this worthy project will be able to continue, raising funds for educational projects.

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    You will receive the finished Bronze Immortal Four Chaplains Medal with an antique finish, in a velveteen pouch with a Certificate of Authenticity and a stand. Medal is unusual rounded trapezoid shape, 49 x 47cm (over 2 inches diameter). Made in the USA. A limited edition of 150 pieces (50 reserved for kickstarters), individually numbered on edge.

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    The finished Pure Silver Immortal Four Chaplains Medal with an antique finish, in a velveteen pouch with a Certificate of Authenticity. 3 troy oz. of pure silver. Medal is unusual rounded trapezoid shape, 49 x 47cm (over 2 inches diameter). Made in the USA. A limited edition of 100 pieces (40 reserved for kickstarters), individually numbered on edge.

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    The finished Gold-Plated Pure Silver Immortal Four Chaplains Medal with a shiny finish, in a velveteen pouch with a Certificate of Authenticity. 3 troy oz. of pure silver, gold-plated. Medal is unusual rounded trapezoid shape, 49 x 47cm (over 2 inches diameter). Made in the USA. A limited edition of 50 pieces (20 reserved for kickstarters), individually numbered on edge.

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    A complete 3-piece set of Immortal Four Chaplains Medals: one Bronze, one Pure Silver, and one Gold-Plated Pure Silver. This is $100 less than individual prices. Each medal is unusual rounded trapezoid shape,Only fifteen 3-piece sets available.

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