Arnold Gerst served the United States during World War II. After helping defeat forces in Japan, he was sent to Europe to continue a combat assignment. Due to his selfless act, our freedom and rights are honored today. Arnold was honored at Omaha's VFW Post 2503 on October 3, 2013. Thank you for serving the United States with such courage, Arnold!
According to VFW Post 2503Arnold Gerst, a Purple Heart recipient, served with the United States Army in WWII from February 7, 1943 through December 1945. He served in combat in the Aleution Islands in 1943 and was deployed to Sicily, then Naples, Italy, served in combat in Italy and then flew gliders into southern France. Moved to southern Germany and then Salsburg, Austria when the war ended in Europe. Arnold has been a member of Post 2503 Honor Guard since 1990 and has served as its Captain. Arnold is an active member of Post 2503 and has actively served the Post in a wide variety of functions during his long membership in the Post. Please congratulate Arnold for his service to our country and for his decades of service to his community.
The quilt was made by three young women that are members of Nebraska's 4-H, at the ages of 9, 10, and 11.