WWII veteran retired Army Col. Turner Nolan to be laid to rest

By ERNEST ROLLINS | Herald-Times, Bloomington, Ind. | Published: March 2, 2019

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (Tribune News Service) — Retired Col. Turner Nolan always made sure that World War II veterans were front and center at the American Legion Post No. 18 annual Veterans Day ceremony.

Nolan, the master of ceremonies and spokesman for the event for many years, had a great deal of respect for WWII veterans, American Legion Post Commander Richard Dunbar said.

Nolan would specially invite those veterans to the ceremony to be recognized in the news releases promoting the annual event.

Once all the veterans are gathered for the ceremony, Dunbar said Nolan would invite them to speak and share what they wanted about their service.

Dunbar said Nolan's presence will be missed not only at the annual Veterans Day ceremony but also throughout the community.

Nolan died on Feb. 23 at the age of 86.

Dunbar said Nolan was a mentor to him. He said many people at the legion, including himself, looked up and respected retired officers like Nolan. He said Nolan always treated people with respect.

"I think he was just always a true gentleman," Dunbar said.

Nolan, who was born in Harlan County, Ky., had 36 years of military service. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1951 and committed to airborne training. He would later serve in various roles as a member of the Indiana Army National Guard before retiring.

Nolan was active in several organizations. This included being a life member of the American Legion, where he was the coordinator and master of ceremonies for the Veterans Day ceremony for about a decade. He also was a member of the Association of the U.S. Army, The Retired Military Officer Association and the National Guard Association of the United States and Indiana.

He also was the recipient of a number of awards, including a Sagamore of The Wabash awarded by then-Gov. Robert D. Orr, and Legionnaire of the Year in 2018. That same year he was also inducted into the Veterans Hall of Fame.

The funeral service for Nolan will take place at 1 p.m. today, with visitation from noon to 1 p.m., at the Bloomington Free Methodist Church. Interment will be in Clear Creek Cemetery.

The Military Department of Indiana Ceremonial Unit will provide military rites.


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