Private First Class Arnold Carlson

Insignia of VMSB-234.
Insignia of VMSB-234.

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Service Number: 357583

Birth and Early Life:
Little is known about Arnold Carlson prior to his enlistment. His father died when Arnold was young; his mother, Gudrum Carlson, was a domestic servant who lived and worked in Minneapolis. Arnold’s date of birth and residence are unknown.

Enlistment and Boot Camp:
Carlson joined the Marines on January 16, 1942. He trained at MCRD San Diego with the Seventh Recruit Battalion, and was chosen to be an aircraft mechanic.

Wartime Service:
After additional training in San Diego, Carlson was assigned to the headquarters squadron of Marine Air Group 23, based out of Ewa Field, Oahu. He wound up with VMSB-234, detailed as an aviator and training as a gunner on the Dauntless dive bomber piloted by Second Lieutenant Wesley Milliken.

Date Of Loss:
Carlson and Milliken were on ta training flight of the coast of Barber’s Point, Hawaii, on the morning of September 15, 1942. They lined up for a practice bombing run, but for some reason the aircraft never pulled out of its dive. SBD-1 1754 disappeared beneath the waves at 0840, taking the two Marines to their deaths.

Next Of Kin:
Mother, Mrs. Gurdum Carlson

Status Of Remains:
Lost at sea

Memorial:
Tablets of the Missing, National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific

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