In Memory of
Army Staff Sergeant
Arnold Clements
Deadwood, South Dakota
Lawrence County
January 11, 1907 – December 16, 1944
Killed in Action at Bech, Luxembourg

Arnold Clements

Arnold Clements was born on January 11, 1907, at Belle Fourche, Butte County, South Dakota, to J.E. and Claudia Clements. He had a brother, Kenneth, and two sisters, Edra and Mabel. The family first lived in Belle Fourche, where Arnold’s father worked in the Townsend Drug Store and Wideawake Grocery. When Arnold was still a small boy, the family moved to Deadwood, where Arnold graduated from high school in 1925 or so. Before entering the service, Arnold worked at the Pugh Grocery and then with his brother operated a Conoco filling station in Deadwood. One story is that Arnold and his brother panned dirt for gold in order to raise the money to start up the filling station.

Despite his age, on March 6, 1942, Arnold Clements was drafted into active service at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. He was later stationed at Combat Team Camp in North Carolina as he awaited orders to go overseas. His niece, Diane, said, “He had been there a year and there wasn’t much to do, so the troops were trying to get in shape again. He wrote about a possible furlough in February of 1944, but he was sent to England and then on to fight on the continent before he could visit home.” He went overseas for duty on May 4, 1944.  From England, Staff Sergeant Clements was sent to France shortly after D-Day and was “with one of the first troops to enter Paris.”

On December 16, 1944, Staff Sergeant Arnold Clements was killed in action in Luxembourg, during the Battle of the Bulge, as a member of Company B, 144th Infantry.  He received the Purple Heart posthumously and had been awarded the Bronze Star for action in the European Theater in July of 1944. His body was returned to the United States after the war and he was buried in the family plot at Mt. Moriah Cemetery in Deadwood.   

This entry was respectfully submitted by Sheila Hansen, Fallen Sons State Coordinator, Spearfish, SD. Information for this entry was provided by Diane Christensen, Rapid City, niece of Arnold Clements, and newspaper clippings.