On September 8th, the Commanding General of the 81st Regional Support Command will be honoring Lt. Col. Elmer Heindl, Chaplain U.S. Army Inf. 37th Division 145th-148th Regiments. During the ceremony in Fort Benning, GA, an administration building will be named in honor of Father Elmer Heindl. When Joe Robach was approached with the reqest to honor this veteran, he was most honored. Joe Robach feels it is essential that we honor the veterans who gave so much for our freedom.
Lt. Col. Elmer Heindel was part of the 37th Division. This division fought in the Pacific during World War II. During his time serving our nation in World War II, Reverand Heindl received many honors, including the Distinguished Service Cross which is our country’s second highest combat medal for his bravery and courage in the Philippines in 1945. He also received both the Bronze and Silver Star for saving a wounded officer on the battlefield and for his bravery in New Guinea. Joe Robach is proud to not only honor Elmer Heindel, but the many veterans who put their lives on the line everyday so we can live free in this country.
Father Heindl was born on June 14th, 1910 and raised in Rochester, NY. After WWII, he returned to his hometown, where he became a very well respected priest in our community. Father Heindl became the oldest active priest in the Diocest of Rochester. Elmer Heindl lived an extremely rich and admirable life. He passed away at the age of 96 on July 17th, 2006.
So often, the many deserving veterans in our country do not receive the credit and respect they so greatly deserve. Joe Robach has, and will continue to fight for benefits for veterans in New York State.