Private First Class Clifford Allen Arthur

World War II

US Marines
Company G, 2nd Regiment, 2nd Marine Division
Service Number:
Born: September 12, 1922
Inducted: October 13, 1942
Killed in action July 10, 1944 on Saipan
Buried: Cope Cemetery
  He was later moved to the Brush Memorial Cemetery, Section 4-2, Lot 11, Grave 3.

Son of Theodore A and Katheryn M. Arthur of Arickaree.

Headstone - Brush Memorial Cem

Thursday August 3, 1944 The Akron News-Reporter

Clifford Arthur Killed in Action in Saipan Battle
Parents Receive Telegram Telling of Death on July 31.

Pfc. Clifford Arthur, son of Mr. and Mrs. Theodore Arthur, of near Flagler, was killed in action in the battle for Saipan, according to a telegram received by his folks on Monday, July 31. The Arthurs live in Washington County in the Arickaree community, although their address is Flagler.

No information as to what day the young marine was killed was contained in the telegram but a letter containing more details will follow, undoubtedly, as soon as the war department receives the information.

Mr. and Mrs. Arthur had received a letter dated July 7, from their son, saying that he was engaged in the battle for Saipan, but that he had come through the campaign thus far without a scratch, so his death must have occurred after that date.

An attempt is being made by the local Red Cross chapter to secure and emergency furlough for Pvt. Melvin Arthur, brother of Clifford, who is stationed at Camp Barkley, Texas, so that he can be with his mother for a time while she is recovering from the shock of her son's death.

Clifford volunteered for service with the marines on October 6, 1942, and has been in that branch of the service since that time. He has seen considerable action in the South Pacific theatre since that time.

He was well known in the Arickaree community, having lived in that neighborhood all of his life, and he will be missed by a large circle of friends as well as by his parents and other relatives.

Thursday June 3, 1948 The Akron News-Reporter

Funeral services will be held for Pfc. Clifford Allen Arthur at the Cope Community Church on Monday afternoon with the Rev. George O. Horn, pastor of the Akron Assembly of God Church, in charge. Military services conducted by Akron VFW Post No. 8064, will be held at the graveside at the Cope Cemetery.

Pfc. Arthur enlisted in the United States Marines on October 6, 1942 and was killed in the battle for Saipan in the South Pacific Islands, July 10, 1944, at the age of 21 years, 10 months and 4 days.

The body will arrive in Akron on Burlington train No. 6, Saturday evening, when it will be taken in charge by the Yeamans and Gordon Mortuary.

Thursday June 10, 1948 The Akron News-Reporter

Funeral services for Clifford Arthur were held Monday afternoon in the Cope Community Church with the Rev. George O. Horn conducting the services. Military services were conducted at the Cope Cemetery.

Clifford Allen Arthur, eldest son of Theodore A. and Katheryn M. Arthur, was born September 12, 1922 near Cope, Colorado and was killed on Saipan July 10, 1944 in the South Pacific at the age of 2l years, 10 months and 4 days.

He spent most of his life in and around Cope, with the exception of eight which he lived with his parents at Brush, Colorado.

He enlisted in the marines October 13, 1942, taking his boot training at San Diego, California. After two months of training he was sent to Morro Bay, California for guard duty.

He was home on leave in July, 1943, returning to duty at Santa Barbara, California. From there he was sent back to San Diego and left for overseas December 22, 1943 where he was assigned to the 2nd Div. of the 2nd Marines.

While the family lived at Brush, Colorado, Clifford became a member of the junior division of the Methodist Church.

He leaves to mourn his passing, his father and mother, one brother, Melvin, his grandfather, J. E. Nelson of Denver, his grandmother having joined him in the other world last July 28.


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