Saturday, February 4, 2012

Sgt. Major LeRoy Julius Arnold, United States Army, Ret.

LeRoy Julius Arnold was born September 13, 1932 in Lake Crystal, Minnesota and passed away October 12, 2011 at the age of 79, in Copperas Cove, Texas.

Sgt. Major Arnold proudly served his country in the United States Army from the age of 15, having convinced his uncle to sign for him, when he volunteered during the Korean War. His service spanned 25 years and included guarding freedom and fighting in every conflict his country was involved in during his enlistment. He is lovingly remembered as a patriot, husband, father and committed follower of Jesus Christ. He lived his life by Homer's creed, "His sword the brave man draws and ask no omen but his country's cause."

After retiring from the Army, he moved to Rockford, Illinois, in 1976, and joined the Rockford School District to teach Jr. R.O.T.C.

Sgt. Major Arnold was most proud of his service with the 1st Infantry Division in Vietnam, 1965-1966, where he earned the Combat Infantry Badge and the Army Commendation Medal. He was also awarded the Army Commendation Medal for his service with the 2nd Infantry Division in Korea.

Sgt. Major Arnold became a Christian at the age of 49. He and his wife, Clara, were members of Elim Baptist Church in Rockford. He was known by his friends as a "Packer Backer". He led Promise Keepers meetings in Columbus, Wisconsin and was a Gideon for 28 years.

On October 17, 2011, interment services were held at the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery at Killeen, Texas. In attendance were the Patriot Guard Riders who formed a line of American flags around the committal shelter during the service.

The minister read from the scripture and said the final prayers. The United States Army Honor Guard rendered full military honors. The detail of five rifles fired three volleys of fire, representing Duty, Honor and Country. The bugler played taps.

The American flag that had draped the coffin was folded into the traditional triangle and presented to Clara on behalf of a grateful nation and the United States Army as a token of appreciation for the honorable and faithful service of Sgt. Major Arnold.

The service concluded with the playing of Amazing Grace by the bag piper.

Sgt. Major LeRoy Julius Arnold was laid to rest on the sloping hillside, as the American flag flew at half-staff in his honor above. Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 61 years, two daughters, two sons, a brother and a sister, nine grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and a host of other dear family and friends.

With thanks to the Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home for biographical information.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for posting this. A country that doesn't honor those who fought for her is not worth a damn. I hope our country will live up to the men that did so much to preserve her ideals.