CHAPEL OF THE HIGH-SPEED PASS
The Chapel’s primary mission is to provide for the free exercise of religion for the Northeast Florida Community giving priority to military service members and veterans. The vision is to bring awareness to a Historical Chapel which served thousands of military personnel and their families for many years prior to the base’s deactivation. The Chapel will memorialize all who were lost in the line of duty from NAS Cecil Field, honor all former prisoners of war and those still missing in action and provide moral support for the families that wait their return.
To preserve the historic significance of the Cecil Field Memorial Chapel, and will be utilized as a military chapel for ceremonies, weddings, memorial services and retirements.
6112 POW-MIA Memorial Pkwy
Jacksonville, FL 32221
Chapel of the High-Speed Pass
Chapel Restoration Campaign
Learn about our campaign to bring the historic chapel back to its intended use, we are seeking donations for the restoration of the chapel as well as the ability to purchase a pew in someone’s honor or memory.
Proposed Designation of NAS Cecil Field Chapel
The Missing Man Pew represents there is always a seat and a place for our U.S. Service Personnel Missing in Action/Unaccounted for. We will never forget you and support the efforts of the fullest possible accounting.
“This pew is the most crowded in history, even though no one will ever actually sit there. Everyone who visits our chapel will look over and see someone different occupying the pew, and hopefully it makes them as proud as we are to honor them. We can never do enough.”
Albert “Buddy” Harris
dedication of the Chapel of the High-Speed Pass, March 29, 2019
It was the evening of Feb. 2, 1943, and the U.S.A.T. Dorchester was crowded to capacity, carrying 902 service men, merchant seamen and civilian workers.
Once a luxury coastal liner, the 5,649-ton vessel had been converted into an Army transport ship. The Dorchester, one of three ships in the SG-19 convoy, was moving steadily across the icy waters from Newfoundland toward an American base in Greenland. SG-19 was escorted by Coast Guard Cutters Tampa, Escanaba and Comanche.