By Gene DiPaulaSep 30, 2016
Arterburn and his friends joined the Navy to help with efforts during WWII in September 1944, while they were still in high school. Arterburn was on a Landing Craft Infantry (LCI) and a Landing Ship Tank (LST) that transported Japanese prisoners to Yokohama, Japan. After completing his service in the Navy in 1946, Arterburn returned to his small hometown of Glasgow, Kentucky, and finished up his senior year of high school. Later, Arterburn joined the Army Reserves. When the Korean War began, he was called up for active duty from 1950 to 1952, interrupting his college studies. He was stationed at Ft. Bragg, North Carolina, with the 18th Airborne Corp. as a Master Sergeant and an Army-trained stenographer. In 1951, he married his wife, Greta, with whom he had three children.
After he was discharged from the Army, Arterburn returned to college and graduated from the University of Louisville in 1957 with a degree in business, while raising a family and attending night classes after work. He entered the tech world early as a senior systems analyst and stayed in the field of early computers until he retired. Arterburn passed away in 1996.
Arterburn was nominated by his daughter, Luanne Cruse.
“I’m very proud of my dad, who held this country dear to his heart, and was willing to step forward and serve in two military branches to help protect our wonderful nation,” said Cruse.
NFM Salutes is an initiative in which one military member or Veteran is chosen each month to be honored as the “Salute of the Month.” Salutes are chosen from nominations on the NFM Salute website, www.nfmsalute.com. The “Salute of the Month” will be featured on the website with a brief biography and information about his or her service, and NFM Lending will make a $2,500 donation to a military or Veteran non-profit in the Salute’s name. Cruse chose The Gary Sinise Foundation to receive this month’s donation.
Selected NFM Salutes may choose from one of the following four non-profits: Platoon 22, AnySoldier, Soldier’s Wish, and the Gary Sinise Foundation. NFM looks forward to the opportunity to continue to honor military and Veterans through the NFM Salute initiative.
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