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A little food for thought on Superbowl sunday
Feb 3 2013, 6:40 PM EST | Post edited: Feb 4 2013, 5:54 AM ESTSeventy years ago today the USAT Dorchester was sunk off the coast of Newfoundland en route to Europe via Greenland by a torpedo fired from U-223.
The Dorchester was carrying 904 men 230 survived. Four men on this ill-fated ship chose to die so others could live. Four US army chaplains, known as the immortal chaplains, The Reverend George L. Fox, Rabbi Alexander D. Goode, Roman Catholic priest the Reverend John P. Washington, and the Reverend Clark V. Poling chose to die so that others could live. On the sinking ship they gave their life jackets to the young soldiers, stayed below decks, guided others off and attempted to keep everyone calm. A plethora of stories from that day of the actions of these men exists my favorite is of the Rabbi Alexander D. Goode giving his gloves to a panicked solider whom attempted to return to his cabin due to fear of the cold. The Rabbi gave the man his, telling him he had another pair. It was a minor story but one of my favorites of that day, but one that shows true compassion. To those about to die, to those lucky enough to survive the bitterly cold waters of the north Atlantic these men acted as a rock despite their own fears and impending deaths. They were lauded and honoured in their day but as time passed they have mostly been forgotten.
Today athletes will be falsely lauded as “heroes” on the oft forgotten anniversary of true heroism. We distort what a hero truly is in the modern world diluting the word until it has no meaning. A hero is someone who gives everything of themself without expectation, without reward, without vested interest and without hesitation. Let’s take some time to remember the true hero’s in our world rather than falsely labeling someone who is paid to play a game as such.
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1. RE: A little food for thought on Superbowl sunday
Feb 4 2013, 1:08 AM EST
This is what i call a hero and the sad fact of it all is most hero's are deceased as this is how they became a hero through the sacrifice of their own lives so other may live
I'd like to share a link of what i see as a modern age hero outside of a war zone and not performing a regular duty that they are trained to perform
this one is really good
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