In Memory of
U.S. Army Private First Class Revillo, South Dakota
Deuel County

September 2, 1926 - October 4, 1951
Killed in action near Yonchon, North Korea

Arnold Martin Hunt was born in Altamont, near Gary, South Dakota, on September 2, 1926, to Cleo C. and Caroline (Musch) Hunt. Arnold had four siblings, William, Evelyn, Doris, and Loren. They lived on a farm near Gary until 1939, when they moved to a farm six miles southeast of Revillo, South Dakota. He attended Revillo High School, and graduated from there in 1945. Some of his interests were flying airplanes and farming. He helped his father operate the farm until he entered military service.

Arnold M. Hunt was drafted September 21, 1950, but wasn’t inducted into the army until December 7, 1950. Arnold and his group were trained at Camp Funston, and Fort Riley, Kansas, on heavy machine guns. He was sent to Korea on July 25, 1951. Pfc. Hunt was a member of Company D, 5th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division. In a letter from Pfc. Hunt to his parents dated August 16, 1951, he writes:

…We’re supposed to be 24 miles from where they are having their peace talks. I hope they hurry up, because things seem to be getting pretty warm around here. ..

Arnold Martin Hunt perished October 4th, 1951, near Yonchon, North Korea. A fragmentary artillery shell hit Arnold, causing him a great loss of blood. Although aid was given, Pfc. Hunt didn’t respond to the plasma IV, and went into shock. In a letter to Pfc. Hunt’s father, his Caption, Raymond E Pinsoneault, wrote in part:

…As a member of this command, Arnold was liked by all of his associates. He was an excellent soldier performing all tasks assigned to him in a cheerful and efficient manner, thereby winning the commendation of his immediate supervisors and the respect of his comrades. News of his death comes as a real shock to all who knew him, and his loss will be felt keenly in the organization.

I sincerely hope that the knowledge that your son was an exemplary soldier and died while serving his country will afford you some consolation in your bereavement.

Pfc. Hunt received the Purple Heart, the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, the Korean, Service Medal, the United Nation’s Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, and the Korean War Service Medal. Pfc. Arnold Martin Hunt was buried in Revillo Cemetery December 17, 1951. Survivors at the time of his death were his siblings, William and Loren Hunt, Eveyln Lounsbery, Doris Orman, and his parents, all from Revillo, South Dakota.

His nephew, Alan Lounsbury, writes:

Arnie was an excellent soldier who was respected by all his fellow soldiers. His family is forever proud of his sacrifice – he will never be forgotten.

Smantha Ganske, 7th grade, Stanley County Middle School, Fort Pierre, South Dakota, May 16, 2004, respectfully submitted this entry. Alan K. Lounsbery, Revillo, South Dakota, nephew of Pfc. Arnold Hunt, provided information. Profile approval by the Hunt family.