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JAMES L. ELDER

Vet Named Chaplain At Hospital

   A former paratrooper chaplain and Bronze Star winner has been appointed chaplain at Kentucky Baptist Hospital, it was announced yesterday.
   The Rev. James Lyn Elder, former chaplain of the 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82d Airborne Division, has taken over his new duties. He succeeds the Rev. Wayne Oates, who has become director of clinical studies at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Served In Ardennes

  Mr. Elder is a graduate of Louisiana State University. He served as pastor of the Lyndon, Ky., Baptist Church from 1940 to 1942, after attending Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
   During the war he served in North Africa, England, in the Normandy invasion and Ardennes campaign. He was wounded once, and twice injured in jumps. He holds the Purple Heart, Bronze Star, and Presidential Unit Citation.

[The Courier-Journal, Louisville, KY, 20 Sep 1946, Fri, Page 10]

James registered for the draft at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Orleans, LA on 16 October 1940.

He entered the service on 30 November 1940,

On 5 November 1941, Lt Elder married Doris Ruth Harvey in Grand Rapids, MI.

1st Lt Elder was transferred to Hq Hq 508th PIR on 2 November 1942 and the following day was announced as the regimental chaplain.

Lt Elder was appointed to the grade of Captain on 8 November 1943.

Capt Elder was wounded in action in Belgium on 27 December 1444 and evacuated.  He retuned to duty on 2 February1945.

Conflicting Special Orders issued in mid-August 1945 state that he was transferred ro either the 17th Airborne Division or 101st Airborne Division.

Department of Veterans Affairs records indice he was discharged on 17 October 1946 although the aricle at left implies he was employed a month earlier than that.

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