Brookline War Memorial
Roy T. Arensberg

United States Army (1775-present)

Pvt. Roy T. Arensberg
United States Army (1943-1945)

Private First Class Roy Arensberg was a member of the 148th Infantry Regiment, 37th Infantry Division. He died on May 3, 1945 of wounds received in battle during the Battle of Luzon, Philippines, a little over a week before.

        

The following was written by Cheryl Ross, a relative of Private Arensberg:

You will not read about Uncle Roy in the pages of history books. He was born March 3, 1920 in Pittsburgh, the tenth of thirteen children born to Rutherford Schaffer Arensberg and Amelia Klien.

He grew up in the hard times of the 1920's and 1930's, at a time when the world was in a state of crisis and liberty and freedom hung in the balance. He left his young wife, toddler son, mom, dad and siblings to answer the call to serve his country. No, he is not written in books, no movie has been made, no stories told, yet he and his fellow soldiers are the true heroes of World War II.

Chaplain Duncan N. Naylor, 148th Infantry Regiment, in a letter he wrote to Roy's wife Helen Arensberg on May 21, 1945:

"Roy died of wounds inflicted by enemy shell fragments near Irisan on the road to Baguio, Central Luzon, Phillippines Islands on April 25. He passed on May 3. I buried Roy in the Military Cemetery at Santa Barbara. A few miles inland from the Lingayen Gulf. For record he lies in Grave - 4058, Row - 77, American Plot, USAF Cemetery, Santa Barbara # 1."

37th Infantry Division in Baguio    37th Infantry Division in Baguio
Soldiers of the 37th Infantry Division in combat near Baguio, Central Luzon, in April 1945.

A letter from President Harry Truman with the Official United States Seal says in part:

"In grateful memory of Private First Class Roy T. Arensberg who died in the service of his country in the Southwest Pacific Area, May 3 1945."

On the Purple Heart Certificate that comes with the medal it says in part:

"Private First Class Roy T. Arensberg For Military Merit and for wounds recieved in action resulting in his death May 3, 1945. Given under my hand in the City of Washington this 30th day of June 1945."

While these small written acknowledgements are certainly valued by Roy's son who is in possession of them, they do not reflect the pride and honor he bestowed upon his name. As one of many family members who share the name it is my honor to acknowledge him in this small public way so that future generations of our family will remember and feel the pride that remembering affords us. So that future generations understand his sacrifice.

Private Arensberg’s parents lived at 431 Fernhill Avenue at the time of his death. Roy was buried in Luzon for many months after his death. His parents wanted him brought home. After a year that request was granted and Roy came home to be buried in Pittsburgh. His final resting place is at South Side Cemetery in Carrick.

Roy T. Arensberg

* Written by Clint Burton: March 28, 2018 *




The Brookline War Memorial

The Brookline Veteran's Memorial.

Listed below are many of the sons of Brookline who gave their
lives to preserve freedom and contain aggression during
World War I, World War II, Korea and Vietnam.

“It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died.
Rather, we should thank God that such men lived.”
General George S. Patton
 

United States Army (1775-present)  United States Army Air Services (1907-1947)  United States Navy (1775-present)  United States Marine Corps (1775-present)  United States Coast Guards (1790-present)  United States Air Force (1947-present)

World War I (1917-1919)

Percy Digby

Digby, Percy
Mayville Avenue
Army

Raymond P. Cronin

Cronin, Raymond P.
Berkshire Avenue
USMC

Charles Luppe

Luppe, Charles
Ferncliffe Avenue
Army

WW1 Memorial - Washington D.C.
The World War I Memorial - Washington D.C.

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World War II (1941-1945)


Alm William H.
Pioneer Avenue
Army


Arensberg, Roy T.
Fernhill Avenue
Army


Brickley, Edward G.
Woodward Avenue
Army


Bruni, Lawrence A.
Berkshire Avenue
Army


Capogreca, James J.
Bellaire Avenue
Navy


Copeland, Clarence R.
Creedmoor Avenue
Navy


Cullison, Thomas J.
Birtley Avenue
Army


Dempsey, Howard F.
Berkshire Avenue
Army


Dempsey, Walter F.
Milan Avenue
Navy


Diegelman, Edward R. Jr
Norwich Avenue
Army


Dornetto, Frank P.
Jacob Street
Navy


Fagan, Gerald B.
Woodbourne Avenue
Army


Falk, Harold E.
Pioneer Avenue
Army


Fehring, Robert M.
Fernhill Avenue
Army


Hynes, Richard E.
Waddington Avenue
Army


Jackson, Robert E.
Brookline
Army


Kestler, Paul C.
Creedmoor Avenue
Navy


Ketters, Robert
Berkshire Avenue
Army


Mahoney, Michael J.
Oakridge Street
Army


Majestic, Arthur B.
Starkamp Avenue
Army


Mayberry, Alexander G.
Breining Street
Army


Mazza, John
Alwyn Street
Army


McCann, Robert F.
Edgebrook Avenue
Navy


McFarland, Hugh R.
McNeilly Road
Army


Miller, William J.
Norwich Avenue
Army


Napier, Edward J.
Brookline Boulevard
Army


Nicholson, John D.
Woodbourne Avenue
Army


O'Day, John R.
Creedmoor Avenue
Navy


Orient, Andrew D.
Fordham Avenue
Army


Pisiecki, Raymond A.
Wolford Avenue
Army


Reeves, Alfred M.
Brookline Boulevard
Army


Reitmeyer, John P.
Bellaire Avenue
Navy


Rhing, Vern M.
Norwich Avenue
Army


Shannon, Harry C.
Midland Street
Army


Shannon, Jack E.
Midland Street
USMC


Simpson, James D.
Woodbourne Avenue
Army


Spack, Harry
Linial Avenue
Army


Vierling, Howard F.
Fordham Avenue
Army


Wagner, Ralph G.
Shawhan Avenue
Army


Wentz, Walter L. Jr
Woodbourne Avenue
Army


Zeiler, Harold V.
West Liberty Avenue
Army


WW2 Memorial - Washington D.C.
The World War II Memorial - Washington D.C.

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Korean War (1950-1953)

Patrick Gallagher

Gallagher, Patrick J.
Bodkin Street
Army

Details

James Gormley

Gormley, James W.
Brookline Boulevard
Army

Details

Gerald Hilliard

Hilliard, Gerald G.
Edgebrook Avenue
Army

Details

James McKenna

McKenna, James E.
Bellaire Place
Army

Details

Korean War Memorial - Washington D.C.
Korean War Memorial - Washington D.C.

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Vietnam War (1965-1973)

James Robert Bodish

Bodish, James R.
Plainview Avenue
Army

Virtual Wall
Additional Details

James Gilbert Collins

Collins, James G.
Dunster Street
Army

Virtual Wall
 

James Charles Wonn

Wonn, James C.
Mayville Avenue
Navy

Virtual Wall
Additional Details

Vietnam War Memorial - Washington D.C.
Vietnam War Memorial - Washington D.C.




The Brookline Monument - The Cannon

Brookline Veteran's Park - April 26, 2014.

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