David A. Arnold, Jr., 93, passed away peacefully at the N. H. Veteran’s Home in Tilton, New Hampshire on Saturday, August 4, 2012.
He was born on March 18, 1919 in Eliot, Maine, son of Sadie (Cole) Arnold and David Arnold. He grew up in Portsmouth where he attended Portsmouth High School in Portsmouth, NH before enlisting in the United States Army from 1942 to 1946. While stationed in France during World War II with the 1st Division 16th Infantry, he was injured at Normandy Beach during the Invasion of Normandy on June 6, 1944; receiving a Purple Heart for his service.
David returned to Portsmouth, NH after the war and lived there until 2000 when he relocated to the N. H. Veteran’s Home in Tilton, NH. He started working in restaurants as a waiter then later at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard as a maintenance man. He worked there 20 years before retiring. While living in Portsmouth, David received such happiness through giving of himself to others and he was an inspiration to all that he touched. He enjoyed spending time with friends, playing cards and walking around the shores of the ocean. He fed the birds and squirrels and studied all aspects of nature. He had a warm smile and a kind heart.
He was a member of the American Legion Post #41 in Whitefield, NH and VFW Post #1698 in Franklin, NH.
Survivors include two nephews, Steven F. Houle of Westmoreland, NH and Daniel Houle of Hinsdale, NH. Both of his parents died earlier and his sister Lena Arnold Houle died in 2002.
Graveside services will be held on Thursday, August 16, 2012 at the South Cemetery, South Street, in Portsmouth, NH at 1:00 pm. There will be no visiting hours. The family has asked that, in lieu of flowers, contributions be made to the N. H. Veteran’s Home, PO Box 229, Tilton, NH 03276.