|Birth: ||Mar. 4, 1919|
|Death: ||Jul. 27, 2007|
Arnold Vincent Baardson Born in Pillager, Minnesota on March 4, 1919, Arnold V. Baardson passed peacefully on July 27, 2007, surrounded by family. His early exploits included work with the Civil Conservation Corps as a teenager, being a champion level golden gloves boxer, and supervising a Midwestern rural electrification crew at the age of 21. He married his first wife, Gladys, in 1939, and had two sons, Arlen and Wallace. Drafted into the Army during World War II, he served as a sergeant in the 4th Armored Division, participating in the Battle of the Bulge and Patton's march across Europe. He was awarded the Purple Heart for wounds to his leg and head and the Silver Star for extracting wounded soldiers from an encircled village in France. He was personally offered a field commission from General George S. Patton that he turned down. A former commander noted in early 2007 that "Everyone in the battalion knew him. He was always wherever the action was." After the war, he was stationed a year in Japan where he helped reconstruct their industrial base. After his first release from military service, as a union representative for the American Federation of Grain Millers, he helped negotiate labor agreements with the mayor of Minneapolis, Hubert H. Humphrey. During the Korean War, he was called back to service. Working as a Chief Warrant Officer in the Corps of Engineers, he helped build Grays Army Airfield at Ft. Lewis and the main roads at Yakima Training Center. In 1958, he settled in Eatonville with his second wife, Audrey. Here they raised their three children, Bruce, Brenda and Brett, on a 100 acre farm located near Clear Lake. During the 60s and 70s he worked a variety of jobs and remained active in union activities, serving as the vice president for his local bargaining unit. In 1979, he retired as the Diesel Shop and Road Crew Foreman for the McNeil Island Federal Penitentiary. He was active in the Eatonville community, belonging to the Eagles and American Legion, and serving several years as a member of the Eatonville Planning Commission. He was also an avid hunter and fisherman. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Audrey, sons Arlen (Mary Ann) of Minneapolis, MN, Wallace (Yvonne) of Bremerton, Bruce (Colleen) of Eatonville, and Brett of Hazen, ND, and daughter Brenda Rodriguez (George "Rusty") of Eatonville; grandchildren Debra, Doug, Duane, Diane, Brian, Austin, Vinny, Angela, Steven and Shane; and great-grandchildren Toni and Richmond. There will be a graveside service at the Eatonville Cemetery on Thursday, August 2, 2007 at 5:00 pm and a memorial service at the Eatonville Eagles on Saturday, August 4th, at 1:00 pm. Donations in his memory can be made to the Diabetes Association of Pierce County, P.O. Box 110427, Tacoma, WA 98411.
Published in the News Tribune (Tacoma) on 7/31/2007.
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Originally Created by: Gare Kunert Allen
Record added: Jul 31, 2007
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