William Howard Arnold,
Lieutenant General, U.S. Army
William Howard Arnold was born in Dyersburg, TN, on 18 January 1901.
He graduated from the U.S. Military Academy in 1924 and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant of Infantry. Arnold served in various assignments throughout the United States. In 1928, he graduated from the Infantry Officer Course at Fort Benning, GA. From 1928 to 1930 he was assigned to Schofield Barracks, HI. Arnold was assigned as Training and Operations Officer, S-3, for the 15th Infantry Regiment in Tientsin, China from 1934 to 1936. In 1938, he graduated from the Command and General Staff College.
World War II:
From 1942 to 1943 Arnold was Assistant Chief of Staff for Training and Operations, G-3, of the IV Corps, headquartered at Fort Lewis, WA. He was promoted to Brigadier General in September 1943 and assigned as Chief of Staff of the XIV Corps, supervising the planning and execution of combat operations in Guadalcanal, New Georgia, and Bougainville.
In November 1944, Arnold was promoted to Major General and assigned as Commanding General of the 23rd (Americal) Infantry Division. He led the Division during combat operations in the Southern Philippines and, in August 1945, Arnold accepted the surrender of the Japanese occupying Cebu Island. He commanded the Division until it was deactivated in December 1945.
Post-World War II: From 1950-52 he served as Commander of the Joint Military Mission for Aid to Turkey (JMMAT). In 1953, Arnold was promoted to Lieutenant General and assigned as Commander, U.S. Forces Austria. He served in that assignment until 1955, when he was appointed to his final assignment as Commanding General, 5th United States Army, headquartered in Chicago, IL.
LTG Arnold retired from the Army in 1961 and remained in the Chicago area.
Medals and Awards: Distinguished Service Medal with Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster Silver Star Medal Legion of Merit with Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster Bronze Star Medal with Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster Air Medal American Defense Medal American Theater Campaign Medal Asiatic-Pacific Medal World War II Victory Medal
Death and Burial: Lieutenant General William Howard Arnold died in Lake Forest, IL, on 30 September 1976. He is buried at Fort Sheridan, IL, next to his wife Elizabeth.
Source: Military Hall of Honor