Arnie was born in South Dakota on 22 September 1911 to Iver and Sirine Aalbu. Both were of Norwegian descent. He also had two brothers (Hawed and Sverre) and a sister (Olof).
Arnie enlisted in the United States Army from Tacoma, Washington on 21 March 1942 (ASN: 39171347). He was a member of Company L, 134th Infantry Regiment, 35th Infantry Division. For being wounded in action in August 1944, he awarded the Purple Heart. His hospitalization kept him from active duty for 3–4 months.
After returning to combat in December 1944, he was once again wounded in action. He died of his wounds on 9 December 1944 while in a hospital in France. His body was returned to the US and was buried in the Anderson Cemetery in East Stanwood, Washington.
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