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Four Chaplains Honored

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It's a piece of history we don't often hear about it, The Four Chaplains of World War II.

Four men who gave their lives to save others.

People gathered at the State Capital today in honor of Chaplains Alexander Goode, George Fox, Clark Poling, and Johnny Washington.

On February 3rd, 1943 these men went down with the USAT Dorchester after it was hit with a torpedo.

They gave up their life jackets and helped others into lifeboats.

All four linked arms and prayed together as the ship sank.

"Many of those survivors owe their lives to the courage and leadership exhibited by the heroic four chaplains who, in sacrificing their lives, created a unique legacy of brotherhood," Richard Reuer said.

Only around 230 of 904 passengers on the ship survived.

All four chaplains were awarded the Purple Heart on December 19, 1944.

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