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Ft. Benning names new center after WWII chaplain

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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 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 awarded 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.

(Associated Press)

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