|Birth: ||Mar. 3, 1920|
|Death: ||May 15, 1945|
Central Luzon, Philippines
You will not read about Uncle Roy in the pages of history books. He was born in Pittsburgh, the 10th, of 13 children born to Rutherford Schaffer Arensberg & Amelia Klien.
He grew up in the hard times of the 1920's & 1930's, at a time when the world was in a state of crisis and liberty and freedom hung in the balance. He left his young wife, toddler son, mom, dad & siblings to answer the call to serve his country. No, he is not written in books, no movie has been made, no stories told, yet he and his fellow soldiers are the true Heroes of World War II.
Chaplain Duncan N. Naylor, 148th Infantry Regiment, in a letter he wrote to Roy's wife Helen Arensberg on 21 May 1945:
" Roy died of wounds inflicted by enemy shell fragments near Irisan on the road to Baguio, Luzon, P.I. on April 25.----- he passed on May 3.---- I buried Roy in the Military Cemetery at Santa Barbara----A few miles inland from the Lingayen Gulf.----- For record he lies in Grave - 4058, Row - 77, American Plot, USAF Cemetery, Santa Barbara # 1."
A letter from President Harry Truman with the Official United States Seal says in part:
"In grateful memory of Private First Class Roy T. Arensberg who died in the service of his country in the Southwest Pacific Area, May 3 1945."
On the Purple Heart Certificate that comes with the Medal It says in part:
"Private First Class Roy T. Arensberg A.S. No. XXXXXX For Military Merit and for wounds recieved in action resulting in his death May 3, 1945 Given under my hand in the City of Washinton this 30th day of June 1945."
While these small written acknowledgements are certainly valued by Roy's son who is in possession of them, they do not reflect the pride and honor he bestowed upon his name.
As one of many family members who share the name it is my honor to acknowledge him in this small public way so that future generations of our family will remember and feel the pride that remembering affords us. So that future generations understand his sacrifice.
Roy was buried in Belgium for many months after his death. His parents wanted him brought home. After a year that request was granted and Roy came home to be buried in Pittsburgh, where he was born.
South Side Cemetery
Created by: Cheryl
Record added: Apr 29, 2011
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The name of these lil purple flowers"forget me not" remind me to remember.|
Added: Apr. 29, 2011