By Adrienne Anderson, The BayonetMay 18, 2011
FORT BENNING, Ga. - Four fallen Soldiers were honored Saturday in a 2nd Battalion, 46th Infantry Regiment, building dedication ceremony on Sand Hill.
Three training barracks and a battalion headquarters were named in honor of Capt. Gerry Harr, Lt. Col. George Marshall, Capt. Richard Knight Jr., and Sgt. 1st Class Jason Bishop.
Lt. Col. Christopher Willis, commander of the 2nd Battalion, 46th Infantry Regiment, said the buildings were built for the battalion as part of the Basic Realignment and Closure move from Fort Knox, Ky., to Fort Benning. The buildings were completed and occupied in 2009.
"Each company will use the hero for which their barracks were named as an example of the seven Army values," Willis said. "As they teach one Army value during each week of basic combat training, they will have their Soldiers describe how their hero lived up to that week's Army value."
Harr was killed in action in 1971 while serving with C Company, 1st Battalion, 46th Infantry Regiment, during the Vietnam War. Harr Hall, the battalion headquarters in Building 3530, was named in his honor.
The barracks were named in honor of Marshall, Knight and Bishop.
Marshall was killed during World War II in 1942 while serving as senior American commander of the 6th Armored Infantry Regiment, 1st Armored Division.
Knight was killed in 1971 while serving as commander of C Company, 1st Battalion, 46th Infantry Regiment.
Members of Bishop's family attended the ceremony. He was killed in action Jan. 1, 2006, during Operation Iraqi Freedom, while serving with the 1st Squadron, 33rd Cavalry, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division from Fort Campbell, Ky. He also served as a drill sergeant in B Company, 1st Battalion, 46th Infantry Regiment.
"In thinking about Jason and his life, and reflecting on the man that he was, certain things come to mind," said his widow, Trina Bishop. "Jason was a good man, a great Soldier and a natural leader. (We) remember that he was tough even though he didn't have to show it. That he was smart, even though at times he tried not to show it. And we remember fondly his passion for life, which is on display for the entire world to see."
Trina said it was important for people to not forget how great he was as a teacher.
"Jason took all of his other attributes that made him such a remarkable man and focused them into being an effective teacher," she said. "If you had asked him, he probably would have said he was just doing his job and that was the way he was. But it was the skill and effectiveness of which he did it that really set him apart. As of 2006, of the thousand or so men that Jason trained while at (1st Bn., 46th Inf. Regt.), there hadn't been a single combat casualty."
Trina said Jason took his job as drill sergeant seriously and would be honored by the dedication ceremony.