2018-10-11 / News

Old Glory flies in Arnold’s honor

Seventy-four years ago, in September 1944, Howard Weeden Arnold, a private first class in the U.S. Army, arrived in France with his company from the 104th Infantry Division. A month later, he became the first Jamestown resident to die in combat during World War II.

In honor of Arnold’s service, a single flag flew over Veterans Memorial Square at East Ferry Monday on the anniversary of his death, Oct. 8, 1944.

On Feb. 2, 1942, less than two months after Pearl Harbor, Arnold enlisted in the Army at Fort Devens, Mass. Four years later, American Legion Post 22 in Jamestown changed its name to the Arnold-Zweir Post in honor of Arnold and Pvt. Francis Zweir, another Jamestown man killed in action during the war.

Arnold is buried in the Lorraine American Cemetery in St. Avoid, France. His obituary appeared Oct. 24, 1944, in the Newport Daily News:

PFC Howard Arnold, 27, son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Arnold of Cole Street, Jamestown, was killed in France, Oct. 8, 1944. He is believed to be the first Jamestown resident killed in actual combat in this war. He was born in Jamestown May 27, 1917. He was employed by the Callan Construction Company. In addition to his parents, he leaves three brothers, including Earl of Jamestown, and two sisters, Mrs. Robert Burns and Miss Alice Arnold, both of Jamestown.

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