Arno Childs Land, 80, of Kempton, died at 4:35 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012, at his residence.
He was born June 23, 1932, in Windfall, to Joseph Arno and Madelyn Madge (Childs) Land.
Arno was a 1950 graduate of Anderson High School where he excelled in basketball, track and cross country. Arno joined the Army in December 1950. He started in the Jump School, or Sky Diving School, with the 506 D. Company, 11th Airborne Division – the very first Sky Diving Team in the Army.
In 1952 Arno was shipped to Japan with the 187th Airborne Regimental Combat Team. Soon after that, he was shipped to Kumwa, Korea during the Korean War. The Korean War ended and Arno was shipped back to Japan, where he married Chieko Mori on Nov. 14, 1955. She preceded him in death on Jan. 13, 2001.
He rose to the rank of Command Sergeant Major in the United States Army, retiring in 1973 after serving 23 years. Arno fought in the Korean and Vietnam Wars, earning many awards including four Bronze Stars, a Silver Star and two Purple Hearts. Arno served under retired Major General Richard Chegar during these times, who he highly respected and followed into battle.
Arno is survived by three children, Patricia A. Cohee and husband Carroll, Kempton, John Carl Land, Tipton, and Lois Lee Bell and husband Terry, Russiaville; three grandchildren, Cason Mori Cohee, Derrick Leon Cohee, and Philip Lee Childs Achenbach; two great-grandchildren, Macey Ann Cohee, Anderson, and Mori Wayne Cohee; two sisters, Lois J. Smith, Tipton ,and Neva Yust, Anderson; and one brother, Byron Land, Anderson.
He was preceded in death by one brother, Joseph Arno Land Jr.; and one sister, Miriam Stoops.
A memorial service will be held at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 14, at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, 700 E. Southway Blvd., Kokomo, with the Rev. Dr. John L. Walls presiding. The family will greet friends from 3 to 5 p.m. Burial will be in Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.
Memorial donations may be made to St. Luke’s UMC for missions.
Young-Nichols Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
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