The Fauquier County Veterans Bridge Council is proud to announce and invite all Fauquier County, Virginia residents to attend the TSGT Harold J. Davis, US Army, Memorial Bridge Naming Ceremony, to be held Saturday 3 March, 2018 at 1100am. The Ceremony will be held adjacent to the Bridge located on Route 655, Tin Pot Run Lane, over Tin Pot Run in Town of Remington VA, Fauquier County, Virginia. Please share this invite and come out and help honor this great American Hero. Remington Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department Fauquier Now Fauquier Times CK Home & Hardware ... See MoreSee Less
The members of Remington Harold J. Davis Post 247 are extremely proud of the performance of our Oratorical Contest contestant, Emmanuel Murphy, this past Sunday as he competed at the Northern Virginia Region Contest. Even though he did not win today (he placed 2nd), we are so very proud of him. He did an outstanding job as he went up against very tough competitors. Afterward the Judges agreed that it was a very close contest. As the saying goes if the winner can not fulfill the duties going forward, then Emmanuel will step in and perform.
We wish him the best of luck in all his future endeavors as he graduates and moves on to William & Mary. We are so very glad to have met you and your family and look forward to hopefully working with your brother in a couple years. Thank you for being a great American. 🇺🇸️🇺🇸️🦅🦅🇺🇸️🇺🇸️ ... See MoreSee Less
🇺🇸️🇺🇸️ As Commander of Remington Harold J. Davis Post 247 I am sad to report another legionnaire has been called to the high command, and has gone to report to the Commander of us all. Comrade John P. Mann III passed peacefully on 4 Feb 2018. John was a veteran of World War II. Those who knew him know he loved to celebrate the love of his life, his wife, and the United States of America. He spoke fondly of his military service and then his post military life. He certainly spoke his mind and you knew his stance on any issue, if you asked him. He was a true hero and we shall cherish the memories we have of standing side by side, saluting our flag, and sharing his life experiences.
We honor the memory of one who offered life and service for God and country, one who has now enrolled in that great spirit army whose footfalls cause no sound. But in our memory, their souls go marching on. Proudly we remember his service in time of war. Because of him, our lives are free; because of him, our nation lives; because of him, the world is blessed. 🇺🇸️🇺🇸️
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Don't forget this great ceremony today. Starts at 2pm. Incredible story you will want to learn about. 🇺🇸🇺🇸 ... See MoreSee Less
🇺🇸️🇺🇸️ Remington Harold J. Davis Post 247 will be hosting a Four Chaplains Ceremony at our Post Hall this Sunday, 4 Feb 18, at 2pm. This event is open to the public, so please come jo...
🇺🇸️🇺🇸️ Remington Harold J. Davis Post 247 will be hosting a Four Chaplains Ceremony at our Post Hall this Sunday, 4 Feb 18, at 2pm. This event is open to the public, so please come join us. Bring your family and friends to help us honor the memory of these 4 brave men who paid the ultimate sacrifice 75 years ago. Light refreshments will be served. If you don't know the history please join us, you also can keep reading below...
The first Sunday in February (February 5, 2018) is Four Chaplains Sunday. More than 70 years after they made the supreme sacrifice, the story of these heroic chaplains (Methodist, Jewish, Roman Catholic and Dutch Reformed) is still being told. The American Legion conducts a non-denominational service to honor the Four Chaplains and ensure their legacy of brotherhood and selfless service is remembered.
The story of the “Four Chaplains” began on the evening of Feb. 2, 1943 as the U.S.A.T. Dorchester was crowded to capacity, carrying 902 service men, merchant seamen and civilian workers moving steadily across the icy waters from Newfoundland toward an American base in Greenland. It was escorted by Coast Guard Cutters Tampa, Escanaba and Comanche. The Dorchester was only 150 miles from its destination, but the captain ordered the men to sleep in their clothing and keep life jackets on. Many soldiers sleeping deep in the ship’s hold disregarded the order because of the engine’s heat. Others ignored it because the life jackets were uncomfortable.
On Feb. 3, at 12:55 A.M., a periscope broke the chilly Atlantic waters. Through the cross hairs, an officer aboard the German submarine U-223 spotted the Dorchester. The U-223 approached the convoy on the surface, and after identifying and targeting the ship, he gave orders to fire the torpedoes, a fan of three were fired. The one that hit was decisive and deadly striking the starboard side, amid ship, far below the water line. Captain Danielsen, alerted that the Dorchester was taking water rapidly and sinking, gave the order to abandon ship. In less than 20 minutes, the Dorchester would slip beneath the Atlantic’s icy waters.
Tragically, the hit had knocked out power, the Dorchester’s telegram and radio contact with the three escort ships. The CGC Comanche, however, saw the flash of the explosion. It responded and then rescued 97 survivors. The CGC Escanaba circled the Dorchester, rescuing an additional 132 survivors. The third cutter, CGC Tampa, continued on, escorting the remaining two ships.
Aboard the Dorchester, panic and chaos had set in. The blast had killed scores of men, and many more were seriously wounded. Others, stunned by the explosion were groping in the darkness. Those sleeping without clothing rushed topside where they were confronted first by a blast of icy Arctic air and then by the knowledge that death awaited. Men jumped from the ship into lifeboats, over-crowding them to the point of capsizing, according to eyewitnesses. Other rafts, tossed into the Atlantic, drifted away before soldiers could get in them.
Through the pandemonium, according to those present, four Army chaplains brought hope in despair and light in darkness. Those chaplains were Lt. George L. Fox, Methodist; Lt. Alexander D. Goode, Jewish; Lt. John P. Washington, Roman Catholic; and Lt. Clark V. Poling, Dutch Reformed. Quickly and quietly, the four chaplains spread out among the soldiers. There they tried to calm the frightened, tend the wounded and guide the disoriented toward safety. Witnesses of that terrible night remember hearing the four men offer prayers for the dying and encouragement for those who would live. One witness, Private William B. Bednar, found himself floating in oil-smeared water surrounded by dead bodies and debris. “I could hear men crying, pleading, praying,” Bednar recalls. “I could also hear the chaplains preaching courage. Their voices were the only thing that kept me going.”
Another sailor, Petty Officer John J. Mahoney, tried to reenter his cabin but Rabbi Goode stopped him. Mahoney, concerned about the cold Arctic air, explained he had forgotten his gloves. “Never mind,” Goode responded. “I have two pairs.” The rabbi then gave the petty officer his own gloves. In retrospect, Mahoney realized that Rabbi Goode was not conveniently carrying two pairs of gloves, and that the rabbi had decided not to leave the Dorchester. By this time, most of the men were topside, and the chaplains opened a storage locker and began distributing life jackets.
It was then that Engineer Grady Clark witnessed an astonishing sight. When there were no more lifejackets in the storage room, the chaplains removed theirs and gave them to four frightened young men. “It was the finest thing I have seen or hope to see this side of heaven,” said John Ladd, another survivor who saw the chaplains’ selfless act. Ladd’s response is understandable. The altruistic action of the four chaplains constitutes one of the purest spiritual and ethical acts a person can make. When giving their life jackets, Rabbi Goode did not call out for a Jew; Father Washington did not call out for a Catholic; nor did the Reverends Fox and Poling call out for a Protestant. They simply gave their life jackets to the next man in line.
As the ship went down, survivors in nearby rafts could see the four chaplains–arms linked and braced against the slanting deck. Their voices could also be heard offering prayers. Of the 902 men aboard the U.S.A.T. Dorchester, 672 died, leaving 230 survivors. When the news reached American shores, the nation was stunned by the magnitude of the tragedy and heroic conduct of the four chaplains.
That night Reverend Fox, Rabbi Goode, Reverend Poling and Father Washington passed life’s ultimate test. In doing so, they became an enduring example of extraordinary faith, courage and selflessness. The Distinguished Service Cross and Purple Heart were awarded posthumously December 19, 1944, to the next of kin by Lt. Gen. Brehon B. Somervell, Commanding General of the Army Service Forces, in a ceremony at the post chapel at Fort Myer, VA. A one-time only posthumous Special Medal for Heroism was authorized by Congress and awarded by President Eisenhower on January 18, 1961. Congress attempted to confer the Medal of Honor but was blocked by the stringent requirements that required heroism performed under fire. The special medal was intended to have the same weight and importance as the Medal of Honor. ... See MoreSee Less
Well another sucessful Food Auction under our belt Thanks to all who came out to support us and get some awesome deals. And to Lee Sherbeyn, Wilson Clatterbuck, Brian Scannon, Ron Roberts, Bob Phillips, Bill Schneider, Wess & Kelly Brown. I truly appreciate your help and hard work. My feet are killing me but it's all worth it. ... See MoreSee Less
🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸Please join me in congratulating our Post 247 Winner who today Won the 16th District Oratorical Contest, Emmanuel Murphy. What a fantastic young man. He did a phenomenal job today and will represent us next at the Northern Regional contest. Thanks to all who supported our Oratorical Program, especially our Chairman Joanne Smoot and Emmanuel's family. 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸 ... See MoreSee Less
🇺🇸️🇺🇸️The members of Remington Harold J. Davis Post 247 would like to extend our sincere appreciation today as we recognize Law Enforcement Appreciation Day. Thank you Remington Police Department, Fauquier County Sheriff's Office Virginia State Police Warrenton Police Department for your dedicated service to our community. We salute you. 🚨🚨🚓🚓🚨🚨 ... See MoreSee Less
The members of Remington Harold J. Davis Post 247 want to wish our entire Remington community a very Happy and Healthy New Year. As the calendar switches to 2018 our core mission remains the same, superior support to Active Duty & Veterans, their families, as well as our Children and Youth. We had a tremendous 2017 at Post 247 and our goals for 2018, while lofty, are attainable and we look forward to working side by side with our community partners to make them a reality. Thank you all for your continued support and see you in 2018. 🇺🇸️🇺🇸️🇺🇸️🇺🇸️ ... See MoreSee Less
The members of Harold J. Davis Post 247 are extremely proud of our Adjutant Darlene Olinger Constant who was selected as Fauquier County 2017 Citizen of the Year, Lee District. Great turn out and support for Darlene tonight.. 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸 ... See MoreSee Less
Prior to the Remington Harold J. Davis Post 247 monthly membership meeting last night the Remington Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department came by to help repair our flag pole. Once the dust settled we have our flag back proudly flying at the Post. Thanks again to Remington Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department for the tremendous support. 🇺🇸️🇺🇸️🇺🇸️🇺🇸️ ... See MoreSee Less
The members of Post 247 had a fantastic time in Bealeton VA Holiday Parade. We are so proud of Wayne Robinson as he served as Grand Marshall. Thanks to all the members who participated. 🇺🇸🇺🇸🎅🎅🇺🇸🇺🇸 ... See MoreSee Less
What a fantastic event was held last night at Remington Harold J. Davis Post 247 as we provided a meal and fun to the families from Community Touch Inc. Thanks to Joanne Smoot for cooking and leading a large team of helpers such as Dori Domerese Lee Sherbeyn David E. Willis Kirsten Scannon Darlene Olinger Constant Wayne Robinson Bill Schneider and many more....Special Thanks to Remington Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department for coming out and treating the kids to a special up close tour of a Fire Truck. 🇺🇸️🇺🇸️🍽️🍽️🤗🤗🇺🇸️🇺🇸️ ... See MoreSee Less
🇺🇸️🇺🇸️ Remington Harold J. Davis Post 247 would like to invite ALL Veterans and spouses to a FREE Holiday meal 🍽️ at the Post on Friday, 15 Dec from 1700 - 2000. Message us for more info or RSVP to [email protected] Please share with as many folks as possible. Remington Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department, Town of Remington VA, Fauquier County Sheriff's Office Fauquier Now Fauquier Times CK Home & Hardware Southern Fauquier Business Owners Association 🇺🇸️🇺🇸️ ... See MoreSee Less
🇺🇸️🇺🇸️ The members of Remington Harold J. Davis Post 247 want to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving, and a special Thank You to those military members who are stationed away from home and some in harms way as they are not able to be home for the holiday. May they all be safe and secure. We thank them all for allowing us to safely celebrate this Holiday with family and friends. 🇺🇸️🇺🇸️ ... See MoreSee Less
Remington Harold J. Davis Post 247 had a great time today at M.M. Pierce Elementary School during our Breakfast Buddies program. So much fun sitting and eating breakfast with the children and answering all the questions they have. Boy do they have some interesting questions. Special thanks to Bill Schneider & Dori Domerese for joining in on this very fun program. ... See MoreSee Less
Post 247 would like to Thank M.M. Pierce Elementary School for having a truly fantastic Veterans Day ceremony today. I could not be more proud of the Teachers and Students who put together a tear inducing event. It is great to see the school, community and fellow Veterans come together in such a respectful and patriotic way. Thanks to the most impressive Veteran guest speakers ever assembled. Joanne Smoot Darlene Olinger Constant Dori Domerese Kelly A Brown Kirsten Scannon Stephanie Reber. 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸 ... See MoreSee Less
Everyone please come out and join the members of Remington Harold J. Davis Post 247 as we attend the Veterans Day Program, Tomorrow @ 0900 at M.M. Pierce Elementary School in Town of Remington VA. We will have 5 guest speakers, can you guess who they will be? 🇺🇸️🇺🇸️🇺🇸️🇺🇸️🇺🇸️ ... See MoreSee Less