ROBERT “BOB” TOWNER
Inducted: August 15, 1987 in South Bend, IN
Date of Birth: July 26, 1921 in South Bend
High School Attended: South Bend Central Catholic Graduated: 1939
College Attended: University of Notre Dame two years
Enlisted in 1942 in 82nd Infantry Division, Camp Claiborne, LA; transferred to 101st Airborne at Camp Claiborne & Fort Bragg, North Carolina; with rank of sergeat, participated in D-Day Normandy Invasion June 6, 1944; was wounded, captured, and a prisoner of war 4 days; received Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Good Conduct Medal, Invasion Arrowhead, Glider Badge, and Presidential Unit Citation with Cluster; honorably discharged in 1945.
Special Recognition: Received Sam Wegner Memorial Award 1978, Lions Club Award 1981, 1982; Russ Oliver Award 1983; Indiana Football Coaches Association Award 1983, George A. Cooper Foundation Award 1986, and Knights of Columbus Award 1966, 1984, and 1985; received South Bend School Corporation Department of Athletics Award 1983 and earned South Bend Press Club Founder Award 1966; charter member of St. Joseph Chapter of Indiana Football Hall of Fame; received Melvin Jones Fellowship Award 1994; inducted into Indiana Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association Hall of Fame 1998.