McAlester News-Capital, McAlester, OK

January 27, 2014

Guardsman

By Kevin Harvison
Photo Editor

McALESTER —

McAlester Lions Club members heard about the territorial U.S. Deputy Marshals known as “the Three Guardsmen” from retired Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation agent Tommy Graham recently. Pictured from left, Lion member, Jimmy Williams helps Graham display a drawing of the trio presented to Graham upon his retirement, when it is customary to honor OSBI retirees as a “fourth Guardsman.” The trio—Bill Tilghman, Chris Madsen and Heck Thomas—were known for many Old West exploits, including the pursuit and killing of the Doolin Gang, also known as The Wild Bunch.