Afdahl, Arthur Marshall, CEM

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Last Rank
Chief Petty Officer
Last Primary NEC
EM-0000-Electrician's Mate
Last Rating/NEC Group
Electrician's Mate
Primary Unit
1943-1945, EM-0000, USS Birmingham (CL-62)
Service Years
1933 - 1945
EM-Electrician's Mate
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Home State
North Dakota
North Dakota
Year of Birth
This Military Service Page was created/owned by the Site Administrator to remember Afdahl, Arthur Marshall, CEM USN(Ret).
Contact Info
Home Town
Douglas, ND
Last Address
Dublin, GA

Date of Passing
May 10, 2015
Location of Interment
Dublin Memorial Gardens - Dublin, Georgia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

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 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
Post 17
  0, American Legion, Post 17 (Dublin, Georgia) - Chap. Page

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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
US NavyNAVSTA Norfolk, VA
  1937-1942, EM-0000, Break in Service
  1942-1942, EM-0000, USS Ariel (AF-22)
  1942-1942, EM-0000, USS Saturn (AK-49)
  1942-1943, EM-0000, NAVSTA Norfolk, VA
  1943-1945, EM-0000, USS Birmingham (CL-62)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1943 Sicily Campaign (1943)/Opertion Huskey
  1943-1943 Gilbert Islands Operation/Battle of Tarawa
  1943-1943 Treasury-Bougainville Operation/Battle of Empress Augusta Bay
  1944-1944 Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)/Battle of Saipan
  1944-1944 Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)/Battle of Philippine Sea
  1944-1944 Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)/Battle of Guam
  1944-1944 Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)/Battle of Tinian
  1944-1944 Asiatic-Pacific Specified Raids (1944)/Formosa Air Battle
  1944-1944 Leyte Campaign (1944)/Battle of Leyte Gulf
  1945-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Iwo Jima Operation
  1945-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Okinawa Gunto Operation
  1945-1945 US Occupation of Japan
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Nov 01, 1942, Promoted to EM2
  May 01, 1943, Promoted to EM1
  Nov 15, 1944, Promoted to CEM
  Mar 07, 2014, General Photos1
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

Arthur Marshall Afdahl, age 100 of Dublin, passed away on Sunday, May 10, 2015 at the Carl Vinson VA Medical Center.

Art was born in
Douglas, North Dakota on July 29, 1914 to Pauline and Julius Afdahl. He attended school in Ryder, North Dakota graduating in 1933.

He enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served from 1933 to 1937. He rose quickly in rank and was assigned to the U.S.S. Indianapolis. After his discharge from the Navy he attended technical school and taught electrical maintenance for two years. In 1942, he reenlisted in the U.S. Navy and proudly served his country during World War II on the U.S.S. Birmingham. In October, 1944 during the Battle of Leyte Gulf, he was injured in an explosion as his ship rendered aid to the U.S.S. Princeton. He was awarded the Purple Heart for his injuries, as well as the Victory Medal, the Bronze Star and service medals for the Philippine Liberation and serving in the European-African-Middle East theater.

In 1952, he began his career with the Veterans Administration in
Minot, North Dakota. He transferred to Chicago, then to Big Spring, Texas, and eventually to Dublin, Georgia in 1960 where he served as the Chief of Engineering at the Carl Vinson VA Medical Center from 1960 to 1976. He was a member of the American Legion for 68 years. He retired in 1977 and made his home in Panama City, Florida for 28 years before returning to Dublin in 2006.

Art loved to walk. His love for walking began in
Chicago, Illinois in 1952. He walked almost every day for 62 years. His walking path eventually moved from the roads around his home to the halls of the Carl Vinson VA Medical Center where he spent the last four years of his life close to both his family in Dublin and the veterans at the VA with whom he shared a special bond of camaraderie and love.
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