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