Arnold Howe, Sr., was born in October 1922 in Portland, Maine, the second oldest child of Charles and Ethel Howe. Arnold had four brothers (Robert, Charles, Ernest, & Thomas) and a sister Esther. When the United States entered World War 2, Arnold proudly answered the call, serving his country in the U.S. Army 411th Gun Battalion. Arnold's unit was heavily involved in the invasion of Normandy, where Arnold operated an early type of "computer" that tracked and shot down enemy aircraft.
From there they moved on to Germany to help free the prisoners from the Dachau concentration camp. Arnold brought home many medals, and is considered a Hero to those who know the real story of his service in Europe. Arnold befriended a prisoner of Dachau who made him a special photo album. Arnold still has the photo album, and plans to donate it to the National Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington D.C.
After the war, Arnold returned to Maine, and married a nurse named Caroline May Harrington. He went to work for N.E. Radio and Charger in Portland as an electronic repairman. He liked the work so much - he eventually bought the company! After decades of running that business he retired, and started one of the first independent Amsoil Dealerships in the northeast. Arnold ran his Amsoil business until he was in his late 80’s.
A great lover of the outdoors, Arnold, his son, and their friends spent a great deal of time hunting, fishing, panning for gold, and more. Traveling was also a favorite adventure of his. He was a long time member of the Forest City Rod and Gun Club and was a proud 32nd Degree Mason.
We are happy to have Arnold as a part of our family at MVH Augusta!
Thank You, Arnold, for your service to our nation!
Maine Veterans’ Homes is an independent nonprofit organization serving Maine’s veterans and families. For more information, contact Maine Veterans’ Homes online or give us a call at 800-278-9494. We also welcome you and your family to explore employment or volunteer opportunities with us. You can also make a secure online donation to support our veterans.
Maine Veterans’ Homes…Caring For Those Who Served!