Arnold, William, born 18-01-1901 in Dyersburg,Tennessee, graduated in 1924 from the United States Military Academy. Assigned to the Infantry, Arnold served in assignments throughout the United States. In 1928 he graduated from the Infantry Officer Course. From 1928 to 1930 he was assigned to Schofield Barracks, Hawaii.
Arnold was assigned as Training and Operations Officer, S-3, for the 15th Infantry Regiment in Tientsin, China from 1934 to 1936.
In 1938 he graduated from the Command and General Staff College, and from 1942 to 1943 Arnold was Assistant Chief of Staff for Training and Operations, G-3, of the IV Corps , headquartered at Fort Lewis, Washington, under Lieutenant General Willis Dale Crittenberger.
Arnold was promoted to Brigadier General in September, 1943 and assigned as Chief of Staff of the XIV Corps , under General Alexander Patch supervising the planning and execution of combat operations in Guadalcanal, New Georgia, and Bougainville.
Arnold was promoted to Major General in November, 1944 and assigned to command the 23rd Infantry Division, nickname “Americal” . The 23rd Infantry Division had 4.050 casualties in 600 days of combat. Arnold served until the division was deactivated in December, 1945, leading it during combat operations in the Southern Philippines. In August, 1945 Arnold accepted the surrender of the Japanese occupying Cebu Island.
Arnold continued his Army service after the war. From 1950 to 1952 he served as commander of the Joint Military Mission for Aid to Turkey (JMMAT)
In 1953 Arnold was assigned as commander, of U.S. Forces Austria, receiving promotion to Lieutenant General and serving until 1955. Arnold was named commander of the 5th United States Army headquartered in Chicago, Illinois in 1955, where he served until his 1961 retirement.
Death and burial ground of Arnold, William Howard.
In retirement Arnold remained in the Chicago area. In recent years Howard and Jodie moved into an apartment at Freedom Village where they made many good friends. Howard was extremely active to the end, riding his bicycle around town, playing bridge, and giving lectures at Hope College on nuclear energy. Howard loved and had many good dogs, and one excellent cat. He died in Lake Forest, Illinois on 30-09-1976, age 75. He is buried at Fort Sheridan, Illinois, next to his wife Elizabeth (1905–1976), who was named a Grand Cross Dame of the Order of the Holy Sepulchre in 1955.