Arnold, Altus Lee, T4G

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Last Rank
Technician 4th Grade
Primary Unit
1942-1944, POW Japan
Service Years
1941 - 1944
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Technician 4th Grade

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Altus, Oklahoma; White Bluffs, Washington
Last Address
Not Specified

Casualty Date
Sep 07, 1944
Hostile, Died while Captured
Other Cause
World War II
Location of Interment
Manila American Cemetery - Taguig City, Philippines
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World War II Fallen
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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
USAAF Training Command19th Bombardment Group, HeavyPOW Japan
  1941-1941, USAAF Training Command
  1941-1942, 19th Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1942-1944, POW Japan
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1942 World War II/Asian-Pacific Theater/Philippine Islands Campaign (1941-42)
  1941-1944 World War II/Asian-Pacific Theater
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-17 Flying Fortress  
  1941-1941, B-17 Flying Fortress
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
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)

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