WWII Chaplains memorialized in Tucson

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TUCSON, Ariz. -- The Tucson community remembers four World War II chaplains who gave their lives to save others, 68 years ago.

A memorial service at the Tucson Veterans memorial park honored those four courageous men Thursday afternoon.

They were on board the U.S.A. T. Dorchester when a torpedo hit the ship and it started sinking.

The Chaplains gave their own life jackets to four men who didn't have one, and then prayed together as the ship sank.

"If not for the heroic efforts of the coast guard and the four chaplains, I might not even be here today," said Chris Fisher son of a U.S.A T. Dorchester survivor.

In 1961 Congress voted to posthumously award the four chaplains with the medal of heroism.