|Birth: ||Feb. 24, 1927|
|Death: ||Mar. 11, 1992|
Colonel in the United States Air Force, served in Korea and Vietnam.
Colonel David Lee Arnold died on 11 March 1992 from complications of a stroke. He was the son of General Henry "Hap" Arnold and Eleanor Alexander Pool.
He was born on 24 February 1927, at Fort Riley, Kansas. Following in the footsteps of his father and two brothers, he graduated from the United States Military Academy in June 1949. He received a Master of Arts in Government from George Washington University, Washington, D.C. in 1956. He also attended numerous nuclear weapons, computer programming and command service schools.
During his career, Colonel Arnold served as technical intelligence analyst, staff planner, computer programmer and logistics officer. In the early 1960s, he designed and implemented a computerized information and retrieval system called ABACUS and later redesigned this system for an on-line remote environment. He was also one of the original officers assigned to the development of the Air Force's computerized wargaming capability. In his final assignment, he served as Comptroller at McClellan Air Force Base and continued the management of information systems. He retired in June 1979.
Colonel Arnold received many awards and decorations, including the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, the Air Force Commendation Medal and various campaign ribbons.
Following retirement, Colonel Arnold remained active, not only with his consulting business and teaching at Sierra College, but also with his skiing and golf. In addition, in June 1983, Colonel Arnold joined the California State Military Reserve and was appointed Chief of Staff in August 1983. In September 1984, he was appointed commander of the First Infantry Brigade.
He is survived by five children: Gay A. Morris of Alexandria, Virginia; David Lee Arnold, Jr. of Mansfield, Massachusetts; Lyn B. Arnold of Dover, Delaware; Edwin Roland Arnold of Auburn, California; Deanne A. Gray of Reno, Nevada; and six grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother William Bruce Arnold (Colonel, USAF, Retired) of Washington, D.C. Memorial services were held at Arlington Cemetery.
Arlington National Cemetery
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Record added: Oct 20, 2009
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Thank you for your service in preserving our country's freedom. I will honor you in the only way that I can . . . by remembering you always. May you rest in peace knowing that you truly embodied the ideals of "Duty, Honor, Country."|
Charles A. Lewis
Added: Feb. 18, 2011