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