Ronald LeRoy Arndt
Ronald L. Arndt was born in Chicago and raised in Skokie, Illinois. He enlisted in the USMC Sept 14, 1965. After boot camp in San Diego and specialist training at Camp Pendleton, Ron was stationed in 29 Palms, California until he was sent to Vietnam in the summer of 1966 where he served as a radio operator in Chu Lai and Da Nang. After a 1967 Young Man of the Year nomination letter was written by his fiancée, Natalie Reid Arndt, Ron was chosen the winner and recipient of the Skokie Jaycees Distinguished Service Award, and the Junior Chamber of Commerce’s Distinguished Service Award. The subject of his winning letter was how he was a “draft dodger” – having enlisted, volunteering to serve his country, and how his service enriched his character in so many ways. Ron came home from Vietnam, was sent to Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba where he served for 6 months. When Ron returned home, he married his fiancée, Natalie, and they moved to Rolling Meadows, Illinois in 1971 where they remained, raised 3 children (and welcomed 6 grandchildren) until his death in July 2017.
Happy Birthday, Brother
You old SOB!
I was and am damn proud to have known you Ron, as you helped more people than even you could have counted. I will always have fond memories of you my friend, Semper Fidelis You Old SOB!!