Bjorklund, Arnold L., 1LT

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Last Rank
First Lieutenant
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
1542-Infantry Unit Commander
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Officer)
Primary Unit
1941-1945, 1542, 36th Infantry Division
Service Years
1941 - 1945


First Lieutenant

Two Overseas Service Bars

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Year of Birth
This Military Service Page was created/owned by the Site Administrator to remember Bjorklund, Arnold L. (MOH), 1LT.
Contact Info
Home Town
Clinton, Washington
Last Address
Vancouver, Washington

Date of Passing
Nov 28, 1979
Location of Interment
Willamette National Cemetery - Portland, Oregon
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Section O, Grave 3446

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 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
Congressional Medal Of Honor SocietyMedal of Honor Recipients
  1943, Congressional Medal Of Honor Society [Verified]
  1943, Medal of Honor Recipients [Verified] - Assoc. Page

 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

World War II Congressional Medal of Honor recipient. Served as a First Lieutenant, U.S. Army, 142nd Infantry Regiment, 36th Infantry Division. Near Altavilla, Italy, September 13, 1943, when his company attacked a German position he led his platoon forward on the right flank hill where it got pinned down by a heavy of machinegun and rifle fire. Ordering his men to give covering fire, with 3 hand grenades, he crept and crawled forward to a German machinegun position located in a terrace along the forward slope. Approaching within a few yards of the position, and exposed to enemy fire, he hurled 1 grenade into the nest, destroyed the gun and killed 3 Germans. Discovering a second machinegun 20 yards to the right on a higher terrace, he moved under enemy fire to within a few yards and threw a second grenade into this position, destroying it and killing 2 more Germans. His platoon was then able to advance 150 yards further up the crest of the hill, but was again stopped by enemy mortar fire on the reverse slope. He located the mortar position and worked his way to within 10 yards of its position and threw his third grenade, destroying the mortar, killing 2 of the Germans, and forcing the remaining 3 to flee. His actions permitted the platoon to take its objective.

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Combat Infantryman 1st Award

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
36th Infantry Division
  1941-1945, 1542, 36th Infantry Division
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1943 WWII - Africa Theater of Operations/Tunisia Campaign (1942-43)
  1943-1943 WWII - European Theater of Operations/Sicily Campaign (1943)
  1944-1944 WWII - European Theater of Operations/Rome-Arno Campaign (1944)
  1944-1944 WWII - European Theater of Operations/Normandy Campaign (1944)
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