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Four Chaplains Day

Honors Heroic Efforts of WWII Ship Sinking in 1943
Posted at 8:26 AM, Feb 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-03 09:26:20-05

COLLINSVILLE — Many veterans will come together today to commemorate Four Chaplains Day.

It pays tribute to the events of February 3, 1943 when the S.S. Dorchester sank in the Atlantic, after being attacked by the Germans in World War II.

Four military chaplains of different faiths: Lieutenant George Fox, a methodist, Lieutenant Alexander Goode, a Jewish Rabbi, Lieutenant John Washington, a Roman Catholic Priest, and Lieutenant Clark Poling, a Dutch Minister each being remembered as heroes.

After giving up their own life vests, they linked arms, saying prayers and hymns as they went down with the ship.

Like many veterans organizations across the country, the American Legion Post in Skiatook took time yesterday to honor the fallen heroes.

Chaplains of the Sons of the American Legion's Ty Anderson says, "It means a lot to get people to try to remember things in the past. Remember our freedoms, remember the past, remember that this is America. Land of the free, home of the brave and these men were the epitome of braveness."

Tonight, the American Legion Post #2 and VFW Post 3077 in Collinsville will host a special commemoration ceremony.

It begins at 7 p.m. at the Veterans Community Center in Collinsville.

Everyone is invited.

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