Memorial for Private Harold Paczosa and the Victims of the Sinking of the SS Dorchester
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Memorial for Private Harold Paczosa and the Victims of the Sinking of the SS Dorchester

Memorial for Private Harold Paczosa and the Victims of the Sinking of the S...

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Blessed Sacrament Church

14 Elm Street

Manchester, NH 03103

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Join us February 3rd at Blessed Sacrament Church to remember Private Harold Paczosa who died at sea in the WWII sinking of the USS Dorchester. Struck by a German torpedo, the Dorchester sank rapidly, unable to send a radio distress signal. Of the 900 aboard the ship, only 230 survived. Four chaplains aboard famously gave up their life jackets in hopes of saving others, leading the Dorchester to be known to some as 'the Chaplain Ship.' The sinking of the Dorchester is remembered as the worst single loss of American personnel of any American convoy during World War II.

Harold's sister, Annette Nelson, willed their childhood home, now Liberty House, to be used to help veterans in memory of his sacrifice. We invite you to join our staff and residents in remembering Private Harold Paczosa. We will meet at the Blessed Sacrament Church at 5:30 to reflect on the sacrifice of those lost at sea and the actions of the famous four chaplains, and then return to Liberty House for refreshments.

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