In Memory of
Rapid City, South Dakota
April 18, 1924 – May 27, 1944
Killed in Action in North Africa
Private Policarpio Arguello was born in New Mexico on April
18, 1924. He was the son of Joe F. Arguello and the brother of Mary, Isabel,
Ale, Alex, Jose T., and Louis. In his hometown of Rapid City, South Dakota,
Policarpio attended the Jefferson School. Policarpio had a fond interest in
singing, and before joining the army Policarpio worked on a farm. He had one
son, Policarpio (Tito) Arguello. The last time his family saw him was when his
son was six months old. Policarpio was loved very much by his family.
His father signed up Policarpio for the Army when he was
seventeen. After completing basic training in 1943, Policarpio was sent
overseas. In a letter home to his father on May 25, 1944, Policarpio said:
Dad you asked if I was in the front
lines. Well Dad you probably know by now.
Because I wrote you from the Beachhead before I went to the Hosp. I was there
for a mo. ½ but now I am back at it again.
Private Arguello was wounded once in the month of March.
He spent three months away from action until he was returned to the front on the
25th of May. Private Policarpio Arguello was killed two days later on May 27,
1944 in North Africa. His body was laid to rest at the United States Military
Cemetery in Nettuno, Italy, Plot 2A, Row 53, Grave 3660. On July 7, 1944, he
was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart.
We are grateful for the sacrifice Private Arguello made to
keep our country free.
This entry was respectfully submitted by
Zeb Hoffman, Ryan Reichardt, and Seth Patterson, Seniors, Wall High School,
Wall, South Dakota, May 1, 2002. Information for this entry was provided by
Mrs. Louis Arguello, Rapid City, South Dakota, sister-in-law of Private