In Memory of
Lester Robert Arneson
Avon, South Dakota
Bon Homme County
November 18, 1921 -- August 9, 1943
Killed in Action during the Invasion of Sicily
Robert Arneson was the oldest of his family. He was born November 18, 1921, in
Springfield, SD, to Matt and Emma (Schmoll) Arneson. He moved to Avon, SD, with
his parents in the fall of 1926. Lester attended Avon Public School in 1928 and
graduated in 1940. Lester participated in just about every sport there is in
school. He was also a member of the Boy Scouts.
went to Sunday School and Bible School at the Presbyterian Church of Avon. He
was confirmed and became a part of the church on Easter Sunday the 12th
of April 1938.
worked three summers for A.W. Weihe at Bushton, Kansas, on a large wheat farm.
He also operated the Globe Service Station at Avon for one year before his
induction into the armed forces on August 20th, 1942, at Fort Crook,
received his basic training at Camp Wolters, Texas. On December 26, 1942, he
was transferred to Camp George Mead, Washington, D.C. On February of 1943 he
was sent to Camp Kilmer, New Jersey. On March 1st he left the United
States with the 47th Infantry Regiment with no opportunity of a
furlough since his induction. His job was a truck driver with Company C 47th
infantry but was transferred to the foot troops just before the Invasion of
Sicily. He landed at Oran, North Africa on March 23, 1943. He was sent into
battle April 8, 1943, and fought to the end of the African Campaign.
letter home was a V-Mail letter written on August 5, 1943, somewhere in Sicily
stating he was well and not to worry. Lester was killed in action August 9,
1943, at 9 A.M. during the Invasion of Sicily. He received the Purple Heart and
two battle stars. He had served about one year in the Army before his death.
was respectfully submitted by Nathaniel Harwood, 8th Grade West,
Spearfish Middle School, Spearfish, South Dakota, February 11, 2000. Information
for this entry was provided by Mrs. Evelyn Fuchs, sister of Army Pvt. Arneson.