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Bennie Bolgla

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AUGUSTA, Ga. - Mr. Bennie Bolgla, 95, a lifelong resident of Augusta, Georgia, passed away on Friday, December 24, 2010. A graveside service will be held at 2 P.M., Sunday, December 26, at Magnolia Cemetery. Mr. Bolgla served with great distinction in the 29th Infantry Division, 116th Infantry Regiment of the U.S. Army during World War II. As a Combat Infantry Unit Commander, he led his troops from one of the first landing crafts in the first wave of the assault on Omaha Beach in Normandy, France, on D-Day, June 6, 1944. For his outstanding service he was awarded the Bronze Service Star, the Bronze Service Arrowhead, the Presidential Unit Citation, and the Good Conduct Medal. He also received the Purple Heart. He founded the Augusta Leather Company in 1937, where he worked until his retirement. He served two terms as President of the Augusta Jewish War Veterans. He was a member of Chabad Synagogue. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Mary R. Bolgla, his son, Barry H. Bolgla, a brother, Maxie (Sharon) Bolgla, two sisters-in-law, Annette P. Bolgla and Dorothy Rosenthal, and numerous nephew and nieces. Memorial contributions may be made to Chabad of Augusta, 457 Baker Woods Trail, Augusta, GA 30907, or the charity of your choice. Elliott and Sons Funeral Home, 1134 Telfair Street. Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

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