Arnold, Richard R., LTC

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Last Rank
Lieutenant Colonel
Last Service Branch
Engineer Corps
Last Primary MOS
1221-Combat Engineer Officer
Last MOS Group
Engineer Corps (Officer)
Primary Unit
1940-1943, 1221, 20th Engineer Brigade
Service Years
1935 - 1943

Engineer Corps

Lieutenant Colonel

Four Overseas Service Bars

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Home State
New York
New York
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address

Casualty Date
Jun 06, 1943
Hostile, Died
Other Explosive Device
WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Sicily Campaign (1943)
Location of Interment
American Cemetery - Sicily-Rome, Italy
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Plot J Row 3 Grave 30

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World War II Fallen
  1943, World War II Fallen [Verified]

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 Unit Assignments
20th Engineer Brigade
  1940-1943, 1221, 20th Engineer Brigade
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1942 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Algeria-French Morocco Campaign (1942)
  1942-1943 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Tunisia Campaign (1942-43)
  1943-1943 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Sicily Campaign (1943)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Colonel Richard R. Arnold, U.S. Corps of Engineers, served on General Dwight D. Eisenhower's personal staff in the European Theater of Operation.

In 1943, COL Arnold assumed command of the 20th Engineer Regiment that was then serving in the North African Campaign. Although the fighting was over, the bloody days for the 20th Engineer Regiment were just beginning. They moved into the Sedjenae Valley and began removal of the great minefields. Almost every day had its accident, with a cost of 7 officers and 19 men dead and many more wounded, as the engineers removed over 200,000 German mines. One of those killed in the minefields, on 6 June 1943, was the Regimental Commander, Colonel Arnold. Lieutenant George Lux accompanied COL Arnold into the minefields that day, and tripped a wire which set off a booby trap. The explosion killed Arnold on the spot; Lux suffered compound fractures of both legs, but survived the war.

Colonel Arnold's fiancee was the secretary/driver for General Eisenhower; there has been speculation that, after the death of Arnold, she sought solace in the company of General Eisenhower.
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