In Memory Of
U.S. Navy Seaman First Class
Arte Blue Arm
Cherry Creek, South Dakota
Ziebach County
October 3,1925 - March 16,1945
Non-Combat death at Leyte, Pacific Theater

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Arte Blue Arm was born October 3, 1925 in Cherry Creek, South Dakota.  He was the son of John William and Minnie Blue Arm.  Mr. Blue Armís hometown was Cherry Creek, South Dakota.  He was a member of the Minneconjou Lakota Band on the Cheyenne River Reservation. He and his uncle, Pete Blue Arm, were employed at the Louis S. Freiberg ranch in Plainview, SD.  Mr. Blue Arm was a fine young man and an excellent ranch hand and cowboy.

Mr. Blue Arm joined the Navy on May 2, 1944 at Dupree, South Dakota.  He trained at Omaha, Nebraska.  S 1C Blue Arm was at sea for much of his time in the Navy.  He spent 114 days in domestic service and 203 days in foreign service. 

This letter is a telegram that was sent to his mother and father:   

Mr. And Mrs. John Arm Cherry Creek Ziebach Co.

The Navy Dept deeply regrets to inform you of the death of your son Arte Blue Arm seaman first class USNR as result of brain abscess on 16 March 1945 while in the service of his Country.  No information available at present in regard to disposition of remains but by reason of existing conditions burial at sea or in locality of death highly probable.  When further details are received they will be forwarded to you promptly.  The Navy Department extends to you its sincerest sympathy in your great loss.

Vice Admiral Randall Jacobs Chief of Naval Personnel

Arte was buried near Cherry Creek in the UCC Cemetery. Arteís survivors are his brother, Burdell, who was also a WW II veteran, and his sisters: Sandra High Bear, Brenda Carroll, and Lola Lamont.

This entry was respectfully submitted by Shelby A. Bierwagen, 8th Grade, Lemmon High School, Lemmon South Dakota, April 30, 2002.  Information for this entry was provided by from his fatherís Application for South Dakota Veterans Bonus, Louie Freiberg, and D. Blue Arm, wife of Burdell and sister-in-law of Artie Blue Arm