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Benning names new center after WWII chaplain

Sep. 9, 2012 - 03:34PM   |   Last Updated: Sep. 9, 2012 - 03:34PM  |  
Brig. Gen. Dwayne R Edwards, Commander 98th Training Division IET, ucases the division colors at the new Lt. Col. Elmer W. Heindl Armed Forces Reserve Center on Sept. 8 at Fort Benning, Ga.
Brig. Gen. Dwayne R Edwards, Commander 98th Training Division IET, ucases the division colors at the new Lt. Col. Elmer W. Heindl Armed Forces Reserve Center on Sept. 8 at Fort Benning, Ga. (Robin Trimarchi / The Ledger-Enquirer via the AP)
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FORT BENNING, Ga. — Fort Benning is naming the new home of an Army Reserve unit in honor of one of the military's most decorated chaplains from World War II.

The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer http://www.ledger-enquirer.com/2012/09/08/2194369/wwii-chaplain-honored-at-reserve.html">reports the Georgia Army post's new Armed Forces Reserve Center was named Saturday in honor of Lt. Col. Elmer W. Heindl. The Roman Catholic chaplain from Rochester, N.Y., joined the Army in 1942.

Heindl served in combat in Guadalcanal, the Solomons and the Philippines armed only with his faith. Yet he was awared the Distinguished Service Cross, the Silver Star, Legion of Merit and the Bronze Star during the war.

Heindl died in 2006 at age 96.

The Army unit housed at the Reserve center is responsible for providing drill sergeants to training centers.

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