Arthur, Edwin, CDR

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Line Officer
Primary Unit
1945-1946, USS South Dakota (BB-57)
Service Years
1940 - 1946
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Panama Canal
Plank Owner

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Home Town
Born in Golden and raised in Denver
Last Address
Wayne, NJ

Date of Passing
Sep 20, 2009
Location of Interment
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 Official Badges 

WW II Honorable Discharge Pin

 Unofficial Badges 

Order of the Shellback Pearl Harbor Memorial Medallion US Navy Honorable Discharge Order of the Golden Shellback

Order of the Golden Dragon

 Military Association Memberships
USS South Dakota (BB-57) Association
  2000, USS South Dakota (BB-57) Association [Verified] - Assoc. Page

 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

BB-37 USS Oklahoma - Pearl Harbor
BB-57 USS South Dakota / Victory in the Pacific

Edwin Foster Arthur
November 13, 1918 – September 20, 2009

Edwin Foster Arthur, 90, died on September 20, 2009. He had been a resident of Wayne for 30 years before retirement.

Foster is survived by his wife of 55 years, Anne (nee) Fleming of Pompton Plains, New Jersey; his loving son Raymond of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Franklin Lakes, NJ; daughter-in-law Tracy of Franklin Lakes, and his loving grandsons Thomas Carey Arthur and Michael Raymond Arthur, both of California. Mr. Arthur was predeceased by newborn son Gordon Holt Arthur in 1956 and son Lt. Carey Alan Arthur, USN, who was killed while serving his country aboard the USS Nimitz in 1981. Foster’s brother, Capt. Charles Snowden Arthur, USN (retired), died in 2004.

Born in Golden, Colorado and raised in Denver, Colorado, Foster joined the Navy in 1940 and was an ensign aboard the USS Oklahoma at the time of the attack at Pearl Harbor. After the Oklahoma was capsized, Arthur was stationed on the USS South Dakota, where he participated in the Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands and the Naval Battle at Guadalcanal. He retired from the Navy in 1946 as a Commander.

Edwin Arthur was a Plankowner and served on the South Dakota until the end of the war.
The USS South Dakota served two tours in the Pacific and one in Europe. The ship earned 13 battle stars during WWII.

Foster received his undergraduate degree from the University of Colorado, and Masters and Doctorate degrees in Chemistry from Columbia University. He served as Chairman of the Science Department at William Paterson College. He was an Eagle Scout and was awarded the Silver Beaver Medal by the Passaic County Boy Scout Council. 
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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
US NavyNavy Enlisted Scientific Education Program (NESEP)USS South Dakota (BB-57)
  1940-1941, USS Oklahoma (BB-37)
  1941-1942, Precommisioning Training
  1942-1943, USS South Dakota (BB-57)
  1944-1945, USS South Dakota (BB-57)
  1945-1946, USS South Dakota (BB-57)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1941 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Attack on Pearl Harbor
  1941-1941 World War II
  1942-1942 Guadalcanal Campaign (1942-42)/Guadalcanal-Tulagi landings
  1942-1942 Guadalcanal Campaign (1942-42)/Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands
  1944-1944 Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)/Battle of Philippine Sea
  1944-1944 Asiatic-Pacific Specified Raids (1944)/Formosa Air Battle
  1945-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Iwo Jima Operation
  1945-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Surrender of Japan, End of WWII
  1945-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Surrender of Japan, End of WWII
 Colleges Attended 
University of ColoradoColumbia University
  1936-1940, University of Colorado
  1947-1951, Columbia University
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