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Maj. James P. Bishop, 95, born on Jan. 18, 1916, died Thursday (June 30, 2011).

After serving in WWII, he spent 28 years with the Indiana State Board of Health as a public health sanitarian. He served a total of 30 years in the military and retired from the Army Reserve. He graduated high school from the Oneida Baptist Institute and college from the University of Louisville. He was a 50-year member of the Masonic Lodge in Oneida, Ky. He was a life member of the VFW and the Indiana Association of Sanitarians, holding the title of Sanitarian Emeritus. He was a kind, generous and brave man who served our country well in WWII, including the Battle of the Bulge. During critical times in WWII, he commanded the unit guarding General Omar Bradley’s headquarters. He was with the 526th Armored Infantry Battalion.

He is survived by his sister, Mildred (Bishop) Byrd; his brother, Steve; three sons, Bob (Mila), Ron (Dala), and Gerald (Imelda); and grandchildren Jeremy, Brett, Bryce, Blair, Daniel, David and Gregory.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Elsie (Kaelin); a son, Charles;, five brothers; and two sisters.

Visitation is from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Fountain Square Mortuary at 1420 E. Prospect St, Indianapolis, IN 46203. A Committal Service will be held at 1:30 p.m. at the Crown Hill Cemetery Peace Chapel.

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