In Memory of
Army Sergeant
Ernest Foch Arnold
South Shore, South Dakota
Codington County 
July 7, 1919 -- December 28, 1944
Killed in Action over England

Photo of Ernest Arnold

Sergeant Ernest F. Arnold served our country with gallant honor. 

Ernest was born July 31, 1919, at White, South Dakota, the second son of Clara and Charles U. Arnold.  Arnold had one brother, Vernon, and three sisters, June, Patricia, and Betty, as well as several older half-siblings. He and his family moved from White to a farm near South Shore, where Ernest attended school through the eighth grade. His sister, Betty, remembers that he was a fun-loving, creative guy who was able to buy a guitar with the money that he saved from trapping. Patricia, another sister, recalls that Ernest was “full of mischief and loved to tease.” They both remember that he could build things: a sled for Betty, a pair of stilts and skis, and air planes that he carved from wood. Ernest also had a special friend, Ethel Even. 

Arnold entered the Air Force at Fort Snelling, Minnesota, on November 12, 1941, assigned as a mechanic to the 68th Bombardment Squadron, 44th Bombardment Group (H) in the European theater of operations. On December 28, 1944, Sgt. Ernest Arnold and his crew were lost in an aircraft accident over England.

Sgt. Arnold was buried with full military honors in a U.S. Military Cemetery at Cambridge, England, Plot F, Row 2, Grave 82. “He is sadly missed by his family and his special friend he was engaged to. It brings tears to my eyes to write about him; he was such a great young man,” his sister, Betty, wrote us.

We will remember the service and sacrifice of Ernest Arnold.

This entry was respectfully submitted by Dustin Walker, 8th Grade West, Spearfish Middle School, Spearfish, South Dakota, November 21, 2000.  Information for this entry was provided by Patricia Stine, Minneapolis, MN, Betty J. Dockter, Perham, MN, sisters of Ernest Arnold, Beatrice Murray, South Shore, SD, and Ethel Gragert, Bloomington, MN.