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As far as one can tell from limited source material, he was a ground crewman (MOS unknown) with the 440th Ordance Company (Aviation) attached to the 19th Bomb Group. After the air assets were either destroyed or evacuated to Australia, he, like many other USAAF ground personnel, became an infantryman to fight the invading Japanese. Sometime in 1942 he was captured and became a POW. In 1944 while he was on the Shinyo Maru, one of the "Hell Ships", it was attacked by the submarine USS Paddle (SS-263) which did not know it was carrying POW's as the Japanese did not mark these ships as such. He was killed either by Japanese guards or by drowning when the ship sunk.
His remains were not recovered; he is memorialized in Manila.
Synopsis of his DSC citation:
Awarded for actions during World War II
(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Private First Class Altus L. Arnold (ASN: 39079424), United States Army Air Forces, was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 440th Ordnance Company (Aviation), in ground action against enemy forces from 3 to 10 May 1942, in the Southwest Pacific Theater of Operations. Private First Class Arnold's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty at the cost of his life, exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself and the United States Army.
General Orders: Headquarters, U.S. Forces-Pacific, General Orders No. 12 (1946)
Action Date: May 3 - 10, 1942
Service: Army Air Forces
Rank: Private First Class
Company: 440th Ordnance Company (Aviation)