Staff Sergeant Air Force
Arlyn Curtis Aronson
Castlewood, South Dakota
Feb. 21 1924 - April
Killed in Action Over Germany
Arlyn Curtis Aronson was born in Castlewood,
South Dakota on February 21, 1924. Arlyn’s father was Albert Carl Aronson; his
mother is Hannah May Aronson. Arlyn had four sisters Delice A. (Gleysteen), who
currently lives in Watertown, S.D., Edna Mae (Isaacson), who has passed away,
Fern Ardell (Nielson), of Lake Norden S.D., and Harriet (Heetland), who lives in
an assisted living house in Hartford. Arlyn had one brother, Herbert LeRoy
Aronson who currently lives in Chamberlain, S.D..
Arlyn’s hometown was Lake
Norden, S.D. where he attended a country school. His favorite activities were
hunting and fishing, and he employed himself as a carpenter. Arlyn never got
married and never had any children of his own. His brother Herb remembers that
Arlyn liked to read and he learned a lot when he read.
Arlyn felt that enlisting
in the Air Force would allow him to serve his country and it was a great honor.
Therefore, he entered active service in the latter part of October 1942 at Texas
and Florida, and also did additional training at Radio School in Chicago. Arlyn
was sent overseas in November 1943 from Grand Island, Nebraska. Arlyn held the
rank of Staff Sergeant. He participated as a machine gunner and a radio
operator on a B17 Bomber.
Arlyn sent letters home to
his family and one of the last was to his sister Delice.
When I am sitting up there
with the flake busting around, scared as scared as can be and all tightened
up, there is nothing in the world like saying a prayer.
She got another letter
when he was in England. He said,
There is a fair sized stove for heat in the
middle of the room with 4 guys sitting around it talking. We have four chairs
and a little table. We put a GI blanket on top of the table so it is nice to sit
by and write on. There are plenty of lights. I am on my bunk very peaceful like
writing now. There are many pictures of girls on the walls, such as pin-ups –
wives and girlfriends.
Arlyn’s plane went down in
the North Sea. All nine soldiers perished on this mission in the B17 Bomber.
Arlyn’s plane went down and was never found by Germany.
Arlyn was originally
buried in the North Sea, but a memorial marker has been placed at the Poinsette
Cemetery on the west side of Lake Poinsette. He attained the rank of Staff
Sergeant and was awarded the Purple Heart, Good Conduct Medal, Gunners Wings
Expert, and an Air Medal with an Oak Leaf Cluster.
This profile is respectfully submitted by Danielle Cole,
seventh grade, Mickelson Middle School, Brookings, SD. Information came from
Delice A. Gleysteen, of Watertown, South Dakota, sister of Arlyn Aronson, and
Herbert LeRay Aronson, of Chamberlain, South Dakota, brother of Arlyn Aronson.