Brookline War Memorial
Louis Arcuri

Petty Officer Louis Arcuri
United States Navy (1933-1945)

Louis Arcuri

United States Navy (1775-present)

Louis Arcuri was born on March 7, 1910. Parents Michael and Carmela Arcuri lived in Carnegie at the time and had two other children, Josephine and Vincent. The Arcuri family moved to 1431 Bellaire Place in the early-1930s.

A sheet metal worker by trade and an active member of the Post-Gazette Dapper Dan Club, Louis was a six-year Navy veteran when, on May 15, 1940, he returned to active duty as as a Radioman 1st Class.

When the Japanese attack on Luzon began, on December 8, 1941, Arcuri was on submarine duty and stationed at a communications center in Manila. As the enemy advanced, he retreated along with the rest of the Allied forces to the Bataan Peninsula, then to Corregidor, where the Battle for the Phillipines came to an end with the American and Phillipino surrender.

On May, 6, 1942, Petty Officer Louis Arcuri became a prisoner of the Japanese Empire. He survived the Bataan Death March.

With a sad touch of irony, only four days after his capture, on May 10, brother Michael received a letter from Louis dated March 13, 1942 stating that "all is well and will be glad to get home."

In December of 1942, Arcuri again wrote a letter home to his brother, this time from a Japanese prisoner of war camp. The letter arrived in July, 1943. The following article was reprinted in the Pittsburgh Press on July 21, 1943.

Radioman 1st Class

Brookline Man Held In Japan Writes Parents

One of the first communications received in the district directly from a prisoner of war in Japan was received yesterday by a Brookline family.

The postcard, handled through the International Red Cross at Geneva, Switzerland, was from Petty Officer Louis Arcuri to his brother, Michael Arcuri, 1431 Bellaire Place.

"I am well and safe in Japan," the card read. "My health is usual. I have had no news of the family since November 1941. How are you and the family, especially father. Remember me to father. Love. Louis."

The printed card was dated December 22, 1942. It bore a Japanese censor stamp and was forwarded from Prisoners Information Bureau, of the Office of the Provost General in Washington.

Petty Officer Arcuri, 33, was reported missing after the fall of Corregidor. He was reported a prisoner last January 4. A veteran of six years previous service, he returned to active duty in 1939, and served as a radio man. He was stationed in Manila.

Allied command center - Malinta Tunnel.
Allied Command Center located in the Malinta Tunnel - Corregidor - May 1942

After the war, Petty Officer Louis Arcuri was repatriated and returned to the United States after nearly 3 1/2 years in captivity. He had spent time in POW camps in the Phillipines, Formosa, and Japan. The last camp where he was held was Tokyo POW Camp Branch #2 (Kawasaki) Tokyo Bay Area 35-139.

After being liberated and a period of convalescence, Louis returned to the United States on October 1945. At the time his mother had passed and his father had moved to Erie. Brother Michael was still living in their Brookline home, where Louis settled in upon his return.

Petty Officer Louis Arcuri was discharged from the service on February 3, 1946, at the Naval Personnel Separation Center in Long Island, New York.

Pittsburgh Sun-Telegraph - August 7, 1946

Louis returned to Pittsburgh and went to work with the National Casket Company. As a former P.O.W., Arcuri was a member of the "Barbed Wire Club," an exclusive fraternity of soldiers who belonged to the Western Pennsylvania Prisoners of War Club. The newspaper clipping above appeared in the August 7, 1946 Pittsburgh Sun-Telegraph.

On February 11, 1947, he married Rose Thoma, and the couple settled in Perry South at 624 Chautauqua Street, where they raised one son, Louis E. Arcuri.

Rose Arcuri passed away on July 19, 1976. Louis Arcuri, age 84, then living in Cranberry, joined her on December 17, 1994. Louis and Rose are interred at Christ Our Redeemer Catholic Cemetery on the Northside.

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