Arnold, Larry, Sr., SSG

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Last Rank
Staff Sergeant
Last Service Branch
Engineer Corps
Last Primary MOS
12B10-Combat Engineer
Last MOS Group
Engineer Corps (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
2004-2005, 155th Armored Brigade Combat Team/HHC
Service Years
1985 - 2005
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Operation Iraqi Freedom

Staff Sergeant

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Five Overseas Service Bars

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Last Address
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Casualty Date
Jun 11, 2005
Hostile, Died
IED-Improvised Explosive Device
Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF)
Location of Interment
Mill Creek Cemetery - Mill Creek, Mississippi
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2nd Marine Division

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Engineer Shoulder Cord

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  2013, GWOT Fallen [Verified]

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 Unit Assignments
ARNG Engineer Units155th Armored Brigade Combat Team
  2004-2005, 150th Engineer Battalion/B Company
  2004-2005, 155th Armored Brigade Combat Team/HHC
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  2003-2003 OIF/Liberation of Iraq (2003)
  2003-2003 OIF/Transition of Iraq (2003-04)
  2004-2005 OIF/Iraqi Governance (2004-05)
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Army Sgt. Larry R. Arnold Sr.

Died June 11, 2005 Serving During Operation Iraqi Freedom

46, of Carriere, Miss.; assigned to the 150th Combat Engineer Battalion, 155th Brigade Combat Team, Mississippi Army National Guard, Lucedale, Miss.; killed June 11 when his armored personnel carrier was hit by an improvised explosive device in Owesat Village, Iraq. Also killed was Spc. Terrance D. Lee Sr.

Mississippi soldier killed in Iraq laid to rest

Associated Press

CARRIERE, Miss. — About 200 mourners packed a Baptist church here Wednesday to pay their respects to Staff Sgt. Larry Arnold, who was killed in Iraq earlier this month.

“This is not a final respect for this man,” said the Rev. Donnie Boutwell, pastor of Lee’s Chapel No. 1 Baptist Church in Carriere. “For every time a young child stands in the schoolroom and covers his heart and pledges allegiance to the flag, we continue to show our respect for him. Every time we stand at a ball game and ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ is played, we continue to show our respect for Larry and all the other soldiers.”

Arnold and Sgt. Terrance Lee, of Moss Point, died June 11 when their vehicle rolled over an improvised explosive device south of Baghdad.

Arnold, 46, served in Iraq in 2003 with the 890th Engineer Battalion. He returned to Iraq earlier this year with Company B, 150th Engineer Battalion, 155th Brigade Combat Team of the Mississippi National Guard.

“He could have easily walked away and said, ‘I’ve done that, I’ve done my time,”’ said Brig. Gen. Ben Gaston of the National Guard. “Larry didn’t do that. He was a mature NCO the younger soldiers looked up to.”

One of those younger soldiers is his son, Spc. Bobby Arnold, 21, who arrived home on leave the day before his father was killed.

Arnold was promoted posthumously to staff sergeant.

Gaston presented Arnold’s family with the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart and the Mississippi Medal of Valor.

Company B, based in Lucedale, has lost four soldiers since arriving in Iraq in January.

Master Sgt. Sean Michael Cooley, 35, of Ocean Springs was killed Feb. 3 when a bomb exploded near his vehicle, and Spc. Robert Allen McNail, 30, of Meridian, died Feb. 11 when his Humvee struck another military vehicle in Iskandariyah, Iraq.

Larry R. Arnold Sr. had racked up 20 years in the military and was ready to retire when his unit was called up to Iraq. He didn't try to avoid a second tour of duty. "He wanted to go over there and finish what he started," said his wife, Melinda. It made sense, since Arnold's time at home was spent worrying about his comrades — and his son, Spc. Robert "Bobby" Arnold. "He wanted to get back to see if they were OK. The whole time he was here, he was worried about them," said another son, Larry Arnold Jr. The elder Arnold, 46, of Carriere, Miss., was killed June 11 when an improvised explosive device detonated beside his vehicle. He was based in Lucedale, Miss. Arnold "was gung-ho about old cars," his son Larry Jr. said. "We had 24 antique cars on our property at one time, dating from the '30s to the 1970s." An electrician by trade, he spent hours of his leave helping renovate a neighboring mobile home for Larry Arnold Jr., his fiancee and his two children
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