Arthur Lorron Markle
S/SGT in 603rd Engineer Camouflage Bn : Co D
Born 1915 in PA, Died 1972
County of enlistment: Pittsburgh, PA
Other residence(s): Ambridge, PA in 1942; Fair Oaks, PA
United States Army, did not accompany the unit to Europe
Occupation before the war: unskilled occupations in building transportation equipment (except automobiles and aircraft), n.e.c.
Arthur Markle was born on September 3, 1915 in Pittsburgh, PA, the oldest of three children. Sometime after graduating from high school he went to work as a laborer at Pressed Steel Car Company* in McKees Rocks, PA, which is where he was working when he registered for the draft on October 16, 1940.
He married Dorothy Belle Miller on January 12, 1942; at the time he gave his profession as "painter".
When he enlisted in the Army on June 16, 1942, he was living with Dorothy in Ambridge, PA, and still working in "building transportation equipment," so it's likely he was still at Pressed Steel Car, and that he was painting vehicles.
Arthur served overseas from January 7, 1944 to October 9, 1945. His death records indicate he had been a member of the 602nd Camouflage Engineers, so he may have transferred units at some point. He was discharged on October 20, 1945 with the rank of Staff SGT.
Arthur and Dorothy would go on to have three children: Arthur Jr., Alan, and Douglas. By 1950 they were living in Fair Oaks, PA.
He died on December 22, 1972, and is buried at Sylvania Hills Memorial Park in Rochester, PA.
*Pressed Steel Car Company built railroad cars, and supplied tanks and motor carriages during World War 2.
1940 Draft Registration
1942 Marriage Record
1942 Enlistment Record
1950 Pennsylvania WW2 Veterans Compensation Files
1972 Social Security Death Index
1972 Pennsylvania Veterans Burial Cards
1972 Death Notice from Pittsburgh Press