Branch: U. S. Army
Status: Deceased Veteran
Date of Service: WWII
Home Town: Popple Township
Arnold D. Stavig
Arnold Didrick Stavig was born November 3, 1912 in East Grand Forks to Bernt and Jetta Cherum Stavig. Arnold was baptized April 20, 1913 at United Lutheran in Grand Forks. He moved to Clearwater County with his family in 1916 to a farm about five miles west of Bagley in Popple Township. He had five brothers: Bennie, Ernest, George, Halcomb and Reuben, and four sisters: Alice, Doris, Tilda and Josie. They attended Minnow Lake country school west of Bagley, now the Popple Town Hall.
Arnold left school after the 8th grade and went to work on his father’s farm. He was a tall man, 6′ tall with red hair and blue eyes when he registered for the draft in 1940.
Arnold was inducted into the Army on July 15, 1944 at Fort Snelling. He became a rifleman in the infantry and was sent to Germany where he earned a Bronze Star. Arnold received an honorable discharge on July 20, 1946.
Arnold married Agnes Chamberlin of Pine River in 1950 and the pair had two children: Lonnie and Terry. The couple moved to Two Harbors where Arnold was working. He was on his way to work March 14, 1957 with two other men when their car plunged off an icy cliff 300 feet into Lake Superior. (See article from Stars and Stripes in images)
Arnold’s body was recovered and brought for burial in Bagley City Cemetery.
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