Thomas James Arledge
|Birthplace:||TN; SS# issued in MO; "Sgt U.S. Army-World War II" served in Germany; listed in obit as security guard; moved from Detroit, MI to Sacramento, CA in 1964|
|Death:||Died in lived in Oklahoma City, OK; Bur. Kolb Cemetery, Oklahoma City, OK|
Son of Thomas Nathaniel Arledge and Ethel M. HOUGE
|Managed by:||Pam Wilson|
About Thomas J. Arledge
TJ joined the Army for active service at Fort Sheridan, Illinois on June 21. 1944 and attended training course for driving a Light Cargo Carrier M-29 on Dec.13. 1944 at Fort George in MD.
Prior to joining the Army, he was employed by the Cadillac Motors Corporation Detroit, Michigan for 16 months as a Test Driver. Drove M-5-8-Light Tanks under abnormal conditions along testing grounds. Attended in protective clothing drove tanks at high speed over obstacles.
He departed USA December 26 1944, Destination: ETO. (European Theater Of Operation) Arrived Jan.8.1945.
He served with
Company "A" in 35th Tank Battalion, which was assigned to the 4th Armored Division.
The 4th Armored Division - under Major General John "Tiger" Wood's Command - was part of the US 3rd Army, which again was commanded by General G.S.Patton.
He TJ Arledge participated in 3 theaters of war in Europe:
• Rhineland 15 Sep 44 - 21 Mar 45
• Ardennes-Alsace 16 Dec 44 - 25 Jan 45 (Incl. Battle of Bulge)
• Central Europe 22 Mar 45 - 11 May 45
- EAME Theater Ribbon with 3 bronze stars.
- Army, Good Conduct Medal
- Victory Medal
- Distinguished Unit Badge
- Remarks: NO DAYS LOST UNDER AW 107 LAPEL BUTTON ISSUED ASR (2 SEP 45) 51
His Separation Qualification Record states he had:
- served as a Medium Tank Crewman, attained the position of Sergeant, and served 14 1/2 month with Company "A"
- As a member of a crew in a medium tank used in the attack of enemy positions, performed the duties of a gunner, driver and tank commander.
After the Germans capitulated and until his return t the US in March 1946, he was stationed in Bavaria, in Bayreuth/Landshut area.
His battalion – 35th Tank Battalion – was re-designated as the 35th Constabulary Squadron
He departed Europe March 03. 1946. Destination: USA. Arrived March 11.1946.
Date of Separation, March 16. 1946 at Camp Atterbury, Indiana.
Reason for Separation: CONVN GOVT RR 1-1 (DEMOBILIZATION)
Thomas J. Arledge's Timeline
March 8, 1920
TN; SS# issued in MO; "Sgt U.S. Army-World War II" served in Germany; listed in obit as security guard; moved from Detroit, MI to Sacramento, CA in 1964
July 7, 1984
lived in Oklahoma City, OK; Bur. Kolb Cemetery, Oklahoma City, OK