FORT BENNING, Ga. (WRBL) – The late Lt. Gen. Robert L. (Sam) Wetzel will be interred with full military honors later this week.
The ceremony for Wetzel’s interment is scheduled for Friday, Jan. 28, 2022, for 2:30 p.m., at the Fort Benning Main Post Cemetery.
It follows Wetzel’s funeral, scheduled for 1:00 p.m. at St. Anne Catholic Church on Friday, Jan. 28, 2022.
Wetzel passed away on Jan. 20, 2022, at the age of 91
Read the full news release from Fort Benning below:
FORT BENNING, Georgia – Lt. Gen. Robert L. (Sam) Wetzel will be interred
with full military honors during a ceremony scheduled for 2:30pm January 28,
at the Fort Benning Main Post Cemetery.
During his distinguished Army career, Wetzel served two combat tours, first
as an Infantry platoon leader on the Korean Peninsula and then as commander
of the 4th Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment “Polar Bears” in South Vietnam.
He served as the commanding general of Fort Benning during the early 1980’s
before returning to Europe and eventually commanding the V Corps in
In his retirement, Wetzel and his wife Eilene continued their life of
service, regularly attending meetings and ceremonies in their unwavering
support of the Soldiers, families, and civilians of Fort Benning, Columbus,
and the entire Chattahoochee River Valley.
Wetzel was born in Clarksburg, W. Va., on Oct. 6, 1930, and retired after 34
years of dedicated service; he passed away on Jan. 20, 2022, surrounded by
his loving family.