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Four Champlains, heroes, remembered

Posted at 9:49 PM, Feb 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-02 23:16:55-05

TULSA, Okla. — Ty Anderson was elected to lead the American Legion Post about a year ago.

It was then when he made it his personal mission to give the organization his all, similar to the four men he commemorated on Sunday.

"They gave 110 percent of their lives and I think that's what we all need to do," Anderson said. "Give 110 percent."

Four Army Chaplains, now veterans, and also American heroes.

Lieutenant George Fox, a Methodist, Lieutenant Alexander Goode, a Jewish Rabbi, Lieutenant Washington, a Roman Catholic Priest, and Lieutenant Clark poling, a Dutch Minister.

All veterans who served in World War II, now remembered as heroes after saving hundreds of lives from the 1943 U.S. Dorchester, after being attacked by the Germans.

"Once the torpedo hit, there was a lot of chaos," Anderson said. These four chaplains were military first but chaplains also. They started helping the injured and handing out life boats.

And when they ran out of supplies and life vests, they gave away the ones on their backs to save their fellow Americans.

"There was 902 men on that boat," Anderson said, "Out of that only 230 of them survived."

The Skiatook community commemorated their heroism on Sunday.

"The celebration of these four brave men who gave their lives to save someone else," Thea Anderson said.

Anderson spent the last four months researching the four Veteran heroes.

He says it means a lot to him to be connected to that moment in history.

"It means a lot to get people to try to remember things in the past," Anderson said. "Remember our freedoms, remember the past, remember that this is America, land of the free, home of the brave. These men were the epitome of braveness."

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