In Memory of
Staff Sergeant Air Force
Arlyn Curtis Aronson
Castlewood, South Dakota
Hamlin County
Feb. 21 1924 - April 9, 1944
Killed in Action Over Germany

Arlyn Curtis Aronson

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.

Aronson, on furlough, with his siblings

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.