SUNDAL, ARLEN WAYNE, Second Lieutenant, # 0-798611, USAAF

Arlen W. Sundal born 26 February 1921 in Dell Rapids, South Dakota, to Amel Iver Sundal (1895-1990) and Alma Irene (Warne) Sundal (1897-1978). Siblings included Rosella Jeanette (Sundal) Anderson (1919-2006), Ivan Ralph Sundal (1926-2002), and Orin Vincent Sundal (1922-1996). He graduated from Garden City High School and attended South Dakota State College. He was engaged to Orpha (Sandbeck) Leibel (1923-    )  (married John L. Leibel in 1947) of Watertown, South Dakota.

 

He enlisted in the U.S. Army, Corps of Engineers, as a Private First Class, on 10 February 1941 in Brookings, South Dakota. His first assignment was at Camp Claiborne, Louisiana, in the National Guard. He went to Fort Dix, New Jersey, where he volunteered for the USAAF. He was sent for training at Maxwell Field, Alabama (later Maxwell AFB). He received his commission and wings upon completion of training at the Columbus AAF flying school, Mississippi, 16 February 1943. Advanced training was in Blythe, California, Clovis, New Mexico and Fort Bliss, El Paso, Texas. He departed overseas for India from Topeka, Kansas. He was the co-pilot of the B-24J and died when it crashed. He is remembered on the wall of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. He was awarded the Air Medal and Purple Heart. The family placed a marker in the Willow Creek Lutheran Cemetery, Dell Rapids, South Dakota.

 

A brother, Ivan R. Sandal, born 23 April 1926, enlisted 25 August 1943. He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War, 1951-1954, at the rank of Sergeant. He died 19 Septembert 2002 and is buried in the Willow Creek Cemetery, Dell Rapids, S.D.

His other brother, Orin Sundal, born 23 December 1922, enlisted 15 December 1942 (17085468) , and was honorably discharged 5 January 1945 to accept commission as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force and was in the Army of Occupation in Germany, promoted to Lieutenant Colonel. He was honorably separateded 30 May 1946. He died 8 November 1996 and is buried in the Oakwood Cemetery, Austin, Minnesota. 

Orin V. Sundal