David Bruce Arnold

Private First Class
United States Marine Corps
14 June 1949 - 11 March 1969
Palatine, Illinois
Panel 29W Line 003



Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for David Bruce Arnold

10 Aug 2005

David was the oldest of 8 children, 1 girl 7 boys. I'm his youngest brother. I was only 9 months old when David was killed, so I never got the chance to know him personally. But I did get to know him through pictures and the stories that members of my family would tell of him. I never heard a negative remark made about David, he was thoughtful, caring, kind, funny, and from what I'm told the best big brother someone could ask for. So, I just wanted to say "thank you" for being my big brother and that I love you and that I'm very proud of you.

Your little brother,

This picture of David B. Arnold with his siblings is the only known picture with all 8 kids.
Top row: Bob, Jeff, David, Pam.
Bottom row: Kurt, Rick, Steven, Tom.

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During March 1969 the 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines, was providing security for and conducting Company sweeps around Fire Support Bases Russell, Alpine, and Neville, all in Quang Tri Province. On 11 March, Golf Company encountered enemy forces at 0820 and at 1050, but the enemy did not attempt to maintain contact. That changed at 1530, when a company-size enemy force approached the 1st Platoon, G/2/4, which was at some distance from the bulk of the company, leading to an hour-long fight before the NVA withdrew.

Golf 2/4 lost four men to enemy action - two by gunshot and two to an "explosive device" - and nine others were wounded. However, even worse was a stray round from the supporting artillery which hit the Golf position, killing three men and wounding four others. The seven men who died were

  • LCpl William H. Brown, Blytheville, AR - explosive device
  • LCpl Jean R. Clemencia, Washington, DC - friendly fire
  • LCpl Michael Digenno, Hulock, MD - friendly fire
  • LCpl Doyce G. Miller, Tyler, TX - explosive device
  • Pfc David B. Arnold, Palatine, IL - enemy gunshot
  • Pfc Daryl C. Bauer, Cincinnati, OH (H&S Co, w/ G/2/4) - enemy gunshot
  • Pfc Julio C. Weld, New Orleans, LA - friendly fire

The point-of-contact for this memorial is
his brother,
Steven Arnold
10 Aug 2005

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Last updated 08/10/2005