Auburn University ROTC receives gift of more than $1.6 million

Auburn University's ROTC recently received more than $1.6 million from the estate of U.S. Army Lt. Col Henry Earl Turner through the Auburn University Foundation.

The gift will be divided among the Army, Air Force and Navy ROTC programs. It will be used to support an endowed fund for excellence.

Turner's gift to Auburn was out of appreciation for its students, faculty and ROTC program.

"Colonel Turner saw Auburn as a place that possessed a strong atmosphere of genuine kindness and respect," said U.S. Army Lt. Col. Jon Segars.

Turner fought in World War II and the Korean Conflict. He was a Bronze Star winner.

At the time of his death, he lived in Tempe, Ariz.