Celebrating Arthur Arnold's Remarkable 100th Birthday: a Century of Heroism and Honor

By: Monette Smith
| Published 08/18/2023


THE WOODLANDS, TX -- The legacy of Arthur Arnold, born in Glendale, Texas in 1923, is one that embodies courage, dedication, and an unwavering commitment to service. After graduating from Groveton High School in 1942, Arthur excelled not only in academics but also in football, leaving an indelible mark on both the sports field and the annals of history.

Arthur's journey took a monumental turn when he joined the Navy in January 1943 in Houston, TX. After undergoing boot camp in San Diego, CA, Arthur and his twin brother Archie found themselves assigned to the USS Tennessee on April 15, 1943. The bond between the brothers was so strong that Arthur's mother had to sign a waiver allowing them to serve on the same battleship.

Throughout his military service, Arthur faced numerous challenges and witnessed pivotal moments in history. He actively participated in key conflicts, including the Aleutian Islands, Okinawa, and the Battle of Surigao Straits, where their courage routed the Japanese forces. Arthur's contributions extended to the occupation of Japan after the war, adding to his illustrious record of service.

The USS Tennessee, under Arthur's steadfast leadership and alongside his brother and fellow crew members, earned an impressive 10 battle stars, standing as one of the most decorated battleships of World War II. Arthur's rank as Gunner's Mate 2/c reflected his dedication and expertise, playing a pivotal role in the ship's accomplishments.

Beyond his military journey, Arthur continued to serve his community. After his discharge, he embarked on a 35-year career with Magnolia Oil Company, a journey that would later transition into ExxonMobil. His dedication to his work was recognized and celebrated, showcasing his unwavering commitment to excellence in all he undertook.

Arthur Arnold's legacy remains a testament to the valor of a generation that faced adversity with resilience, camaraderie, and unwavering determination. His life story, filled with courage, sacrifice, and achievements, serves as an inspiration to us all.

He was married to Vera Mae Hutson of Trinity for 47 years and leaves behind a legacy of love and family. He is survived by two children: a stepdaughter, Rosemary Vaughn, and a son, Brian Arnold. He was a proud grandfather to three grandchildren and great-grandfather to four great-grandchildren.

Come out and join us as we celebrate a HERO:
Date: August 19th
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: Avanti Senior Living
Address: 120 Vision Park Blvd., Shenandoah, TX 77384

We look forward to honoring Arthur Arnold's remarkable journey and celebrating a century of a well-lived life.

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