Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Military Chapel Closes Following Community Fight

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Military Chapel Closes Following Community Fight

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By Jeff Wilkinson

The (Columbia, S.C.) State

FORT JACKSON, S.C. -- An elderly congregation has lost its battle with the U.S. Army to save Fort Jackson's landmark Memorial Chapel.

The chapel, built in 1941 and dedicated in 1958 to all the soldiers who trained at Fort Jackson for World War II, is slated for demolition in October.

The 30 or so members of the congregation, led by 92-year-old Kathryn Woodward, whose husband, Arthur, was a World War II veteran, had argued that the chapel was an historic landmark, even though modifications through the years had made it ineligible for inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places.

"We kind of lost heart," said Woodward. "We were getting nowhere. They say it's not an historic chapel, (but rather) a sentimental one."

A Fort Jackson spokesman said via email that the chapel was too expensive to move, repair or operate. …

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