Arthur J Malknecht

Arthur J. Malknecht entered the Army Air Force on May 30, 1942, at Fort Snelling, Minnesota. He was born in Eveleth, Minnesota on December 9, 1918, to Napoleon and Emma (Larcher) Malknecht.

He graduated from Eveleth Sr. High School in 1936 and attended college in Iowa. For a time he worked at WHLB as a radio announcer in Virginia, Minnesota. After the war he and his wife, Pauline, moved to Flint, Michigan where he worked as a radio announcer.

He lived in Flint until 1965 and then he and his family (including 5 children) moved to Swartz Creek where he lived until 1979. He then moved to his lake place at Higgins Lake, Roscommon, Michigan.

He retired from General Motors Fisher Body Plant in 1979 as an accountant with 31 years of service. He was a past Commander of the Swartz Creek American Legion #294, and he was a Quarter Master of the Swartz Creek VFW Post #3720. He was a member of the Flint Eagle Aires #629, and was a member of the Houghton-Higgins Elks B.P.O.E and a member of the Roscommon VFW Post #4159.

He served as a Staff Sergeant in the South Pacific with the 1521st Pacific Division Air Transport Company.

Mr. Malknecht was honorably discharged on January 11, 1946, at Camp McCoy, Wisconsin.

He passed away on December 14, 1989 in Petoskey, Michigan at the age of 71 and is buried in Flint Memorial Park Cemetery, in Flint, Michigan.

Source:  Hometown Heroes: The Saint Louis County World War II Project,  page 360.

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