A reception was held recently to honor Paul Arnone, a longtime member of Immanuel Lutheran Church and honored veteran of World War II.
The event was a combined service for members of Immanuel and Holy Trinity, both branches of the Tree of Life Parish. The reception was held after the service in Immanuel's Fellowship Hall.
Arnone recently returned to Jamestown from Normandy, France, where he and other retired servicemen were recognized for their contribution to the success of the invasion of Normandy on June 6, 1944.
Arnone and Cindy Joslyn with a cake.
Pictured above is Paul Arnone sharing his D-Day recollections with Jan Bechman and Chris Ahlstrom.
Arnone was just 18 years old when he joined the U.S. Navy in December 1942. He was commissioned to the LST44 which was assigned to the European Theater participating in the Normandy invasion from D-Day until June 24 1944. Following the war, Arnone's ship performed occupation duty in the Far East and China. Arnone returned home in November 1945.
At the reception, Arnone kindly answered many questions and shared his extensive collection of World War II memorabilia.
Members of the Tree of Life Parish wish to extend their sincere thanks to Arnone and to those who served and continue to serve in all branches of the U.S. military.