Father John Washington (Catholic), Reverend Clark Poling (Dutch Reformed), Rabbi Alexander Goode (Jewish) and Rev. George Fox (Methodist).
The ship was hit by a torpedo, and large quantities of ammonia and oil were spilt on the ship and on the freezing sea. There were 230 survivors, but the four chaplains were the last to be seen when the ship went down.
The First Sergeant on the ship said that the chaplains ". . . were always together, they carried their faith together." It was said that they demonstrated throughout the voyage and in their last moments, interfaith compassion in their relationship with the men and with each other.
In 1960 their acts of compassing and faith were recognised when Congress gave a special Medal of Valour to the next of kin of the chaplains.