His brother, Philip O. Simonson, born 10 January 1919, served in the U.S. Navy (# 3721595). He enlisted 3 July 1940 in Denver, Colorado, and after basic training and technical school, he served as an EM3c aboard the U.S.S. Pensacola (CA-24 – 24 VCS-5) and was involved in major battles, including the shelling of Iwo Jima. In 1943 he had transferred to serve as a RdM2c then RdM1c aboard the U.S.S. Lexington (CV-16) and served on the ship through 1944.  In the first quarter of 1945 he was a RdM1c still on the Lexington. He died 22 June 1994. The U.S.S. Pensacola was a heavy cruiser, the first of the Pensacola class. She was nicknamed the “Grey Ghost” by Tokyo Rose. The U.S.S. Lexington was nicknamed “The Blue Ghost” and was an Essex-class aircraft carrier. She was the fifth Navy ship to be named in honor of the Battle of Lexington during the Revolutionary War. She was involved in the Kwajalein raid, the Battle of the Philippine Sea and the Battle of the Leyte Gulf. She now is bertd as a museum in Corpus Christi, Texas.

 

His brother, Kenneth D. Simonson, born 3 August 1922, enlisted in the U.S. Amy at Camp Dodge Herrold, Iowa, on 11 January 1943, activated 5 June 1943 to 1 January 1945. He died 26 August 2002. His brother, Wayne E. Simonson, born 28 April 1934, served in the U.S. Army from 21 September 1954 to 21 September 1956. He died 30 January 2009. 

U.S.S. Lexington

ARNDS, CORNELIUS RICHARD COOK, Sergeant, # 39283177, USAAF

 

Richard C. Arnds was born 13 March 1924 in California to Burton Nicholas Arnds (1892-1962) and Mabel Gertrude (Cook) Armds (1895-1988). Siblings include Burton Nicholas Arnds Jr. (1916-1993), John Walter Arnds (1919-2000), Robert Luman Arnds (1920-2012), Theodore Rheins Arnds (1930-1981), Kermit Rolland “Peter” Arnds (1932-1992), Karl A. Arnds (1937-    ).

 

When re registered for the WW II draft on 30 June 1942, he was working at the Sparkletts Bottled Water Co, and described himself as 5’11”, 180 lbs, with brown hair and blue eyes. After enlistings in the USAAF, he taied extensively as an rmorer and guner (maintenance and shooting the .50 Caliber Browning aerial machinegun). He was sent overseas to the 20th Air Force in the South Pacific, India and China. He was the Senior Gunner on his assigned B-29 crew. During 15 to 16 June 1944, a 20th Air Force, 58th Bombardment Wing, 468th Bomb Group, 792nd Bomb Squadron, Kharagpur A.A.B., India, a B-29, # 42-6230, the “Limber Duggan,” departed the airfield at Pengshan, China, on a combat mission and did not return. They were shot down by an enemy fighter over Wakamatsu Fukuoka, Japan (the first to be shot down over Japan). All of the crew were killed in action. His remains were buried in a single casket group grave at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery on 8 August 1949 (Sec. 82, Grave 209). He was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.

 

His brother, Robert L. Arnds, born 30 August 1920, enlisted in the U.S. Army, as a medical lab technician, on 9 January 1943 in Los Angeles, California.