Carl Homer Arndt Jr.

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Thomas C Strickland & Sons Funeral Homes
901 W Hwy 80
Pooler, GA
Graveside service
Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019
2:00 PM
Bethel Cemetery
Little Neck Road, GA
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Carl Homer Arndt Jr. passed with peace and grace in his home Feb. 11, 2019.
Carl was born at Riverside Community Hospital in Riverside, California in 1930. Born into a military family, he moved many times and attended many public schools before graduating from Chandler High School in Chandler, Ariz. Growing up, Carl sold newspapers on street corners, worked at logging camps and was active in the Boy Scouts of America, earning 21 merit badges.
Carl grew interested in shortwave radios. He joined other amateur radio enthusiasts and became a shortwave "Ham" radio and a Military Affiliate Radio System (MARS) operator. s he traveled, he was able to speak to other radio operators in Germany, England, Spain, Vatican City, Norway, Brazil, Russia, Lithuania, Ghana and around the United States.
Carl joined the United States Army in September 1948. He served in Japan where the mission was to build a completely new telephone system from planting the telephone poles to running the wire to putting the phones on the desk. Shortly after the outbreak of the Korean War, Carl was one of the first soldiers sent into South Korea. He was involved in six major United Nations campaigns and was awarded the Bronze Star with "V" device for valorous actions in July 1951. In 1952, he attended United States Army Airborne School - widely known as Jump School - in Fort Benning, earning his parachutist qualification. The next posting for Carl was Bad Tölz, Germany, where he joined the newly formed 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne) in 1952 and made more than 50 day and night jumps, mostly in Europe, earning his Senior Parachutist Badge in 1956. From 1962 to 1965, Carl was stationed in Germany with the United States Army Europe. He worked on top of a mountain named Melibokus, a U.S. Army radio site. In 1967, Carl deployed to the Republic of Vietnam to a Tropo Site, Monkey Mountain Facility, overlooking Da Nang harbor. Carl retired from the United States Army in November 1968.
Carl used the skills he learned in the Army and gave back to the local communities on many occasions as an emergency medical technician (EMT), a certified scuba diver and a small plane pilot.
Carl worked in electronics and communications for the next 25 years with EG&G, MCI and Gulfstream Aerospace in Savannah.
Carl retired to his home, on a small plot of land, outside of Savannah. Not wanting to be bored in retirement, he began raising goats and eventually became the man you could go to for goats.
He was a member of the Coastal Georgia Archeology Society (CGAS) and involved in many archeology excavations around Savannah. He was also a member of the Bloomingdale Historical Society and volunteered at its community events.
Carl was a past canal master of the Savannah-Ogeechee Canal Museum and Nature Center.
Carl was elected vice president of the Bethel Cemetery Association in 2008 and remained in that position until his passing.
Carl is survived by his wife, Elizabeth "Chica" Arndt; twin brothers Tony and Tim Waldron; three sons, Arthur Paul Arndt, Michael Charles Arndt and Steven Larry Arndt; five grandchildren, Miles Kendrick Arndt, Lucas Bartell Arndt, Heather Marie Bartel, David Christopher Arndt and Shelby Christine Arndt; five great-grandchildren, Aiden Russell Arndt, Kenley Nicole Arndt, Cadance Samantha Bartel, Nathaniel Albert Bartel and Oliver Eric Bartel; his step-son, Charles Elmer Sr. and wife Julie Elmer; their two children, Charles Elmer Jr. and Grace Elmer; and step-daughter, Eva Joseph; son Stephen and husband Karl Joseph.
The graveside funeral and burial were conducted Feb. 16, 2019, at Bethel Cemetery on Little Neck Road.
Thomas C. Strickland & Sons Funeral Homes – West Chatham Chapel (912) 748-2444
Published in Effingham Herald from Feb. 20 to Feb. 26, 2019
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