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Thomas O Arello

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Thomas O Arello

Birth
Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri, USA
Death
22 Jun 1944 (aged 22)
Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands
Burial
Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri, USA Add to Map
Plot
Garden of Sermon on the Mount 24
Memorial ID
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Thomas O Arello, son of Louis & Etha Marie (McGinnis) Arello, enlisted in the US ARMY at Jefferson Barracks on 4 Apr 1942.
His father, Louis, applied for his military headstone on 12 June 1948. A note on that document: Veri. death; reported on 11 Sep 1944.

MISSOURI PFC CO. C 184 INFANTRY US ARMY WWII

I had rec'd a message from a Mr. Joseph Tachovsky saying:Thomas Arello was serving in my fathers platoon during the Battle for Saipan when he died. I have been compiling stories from the surviving members of the platoon for the past 5 years and am currently turning their memories into the story of the Scout-Sniper Platoon on Saipan. If interested in the details of his joining the platoon and his death, feel free to contact me at (email deleted) FYI, the man who tended to Tommy while he was dying is still alive and lives in Missoula.

Follows is the details he sent to me: "Tom Arello, Norman Duley and Don Evans were high school chums at Southeast High in Kansas City. When WW2 began, Evans enlisted in the Marine Corps; Arello and Duley joined the Army, and were in the same platoon.Evans, in his letters home often mentioned his two buddies.
In May 1944, before the Marines shipped out for the invasion of Saipan, D-Day in the Pacific, they made port in Honolulu. While on leave, Evans and his new buddy Bill Knuppel, paid a visit to Evans' high school chums stationed at Schofield Barracks.
During a night of drinking, Evans and Knuppel convinced Arello and Duley to leave the Army and join their outfit, the 6th Marine Regiment Scout-Sniper Platoon (the original Navy SEALs). It took a lot of drinking and coercing, but the two Army buddies went AWOL and became "Marines."
The Scout-Snipers were first-on, last-off and wrought havoc behind enemy lines; a perilous job. During one mission, to attack the Japanese fortifications on Tipo Pale, the Scout-Snipers ran into an ambush. During the 3 hour firefight, Evans and Arello were killed along with another Scout-Sniper Philip Johnson.
Evans' was killed almost instantly, his body riddled almost in two by Japanese machine gun fire. Arello was hurt badly and was treated by another Marine who is still alive today in Missoula. But Arello's wounds were too severe, multiple bullet wounds extending from his left shoulder, through his lungs, and down to his right groin.

Although Army, he was buried with his Marine buddies on Saipan, there is more detail, but this is the thumb nail sketch of some of Tom Arello's life."

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Memorial transferred to me at some time.
Thomas O Arello, son of Louis & Etha Marie (McGinnis) Arello, enlisted in the US ARMY at Jefferson Barracks on 4 Apr 1942.
His father, Louis, applied for his military headstone on 12 June 1948. A note on that document: Veri. death; reported on 11 Sep 1944.

MISSOURI PFC CO. C 184 INFANTRY US ARMY WWII

I had rec'd a message from a Mr. Joseph Tachovsky saying:Thomas Arello was serving in my fathers platoon during the Battle for Saipan when he died. I have been compiling stories from the surviving members of the platoon for the past 5 years and am currently turning their memories into the story of the Scout-Sniper Platoon on Saipan. If interested in the details of his joining the platoon and his death, feel free to contact me at (email deleted) FYI, the man who tended to Tommy while he was dying is still alive and lives in Missoula.

Follows is the details he sent to me: "Tom Arello, Norman Duley and Don Evans were high school chums at Southeast High in Kansas City. When WW2 began, Evans enlisted in the Marine Corps; Arello and Duley joined the Army, and were in the same platoon.Evans, in his letters home often mentioned his two buddies.
In May 1944, before the Marines shipped out for the invasion of Saipan, D-Day in the Pacific, they made port in Honolulu. While on leave, Evans and his new buddy Bill Knuppel, paid a visit to Evans' high school chums stationed at Schofield Barracks.
During a night of drinking, Evans and Knuppel convinced Arello and Duley to leave the Army and join their outfit, the 6th Marine Regiment Scout-Sniper Platoon (the original Navy SEALs). It took a lot of drinking and coercing, but the two Army buddies went AWOL and became "Marines."
The Scout-Snipers were first-on, last-off and wrought havoc behind enemy lines; a perilous job. During one mission, to attack the Japanese fortifications on Tipo Pale, the Scout-Snipers ran into an ambush. During the 3 hour firefight, Evans and Arello were killed along with another Scout-Sniper Philip Johnson.
Evans' was killed almost instantly, his body riddled almost in two by Japanese machine gun fire. Arello was hurt badly and was treated by another Marine who is still alive today in Missoula. But Arello's wounds were too severe, multiple bullet wounds extending from his left shoulder, through his lungs, and down to his right groin.

Although Army, he was buried with his Marine buddies on Saipan, there is more detail, but this is the thumb nail sketch of some of Tom Arello's life."

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Memorial transferred to me at some time.

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