Arimond was from Duluth, Minnesota. He was part of the original 125th
Field Artillery regiment which left Duluth, Minnesota in March 1941. They
shipped out to Scotland and were there when Darby went looking for
volunteers for the newly formed Special Operations unit known as the
"Rangers". He trained at Achnacarry, Scotland and participated
in the early US activity in World War II in Operation Torch, the invasion
of North Africa.
many successes of the Original 1st Ranger Battalion in North Africa
resulted in the formation of two more Ranger Battalions that were trained
at Nemours, North Africa. Ranger Arimond was reassigned to the 3rd Ranger
Battalion when this occurred and went on into Sicily and Italy under the
3rd Battalion Co "B".
article below tells of his fate after the invasion of Anzio and Cisterna,
Italy. At the time this article was written, his family was unaware that
he had been taken as a POW with many other Rangers who survived this event
in Ranger history.
Arimond is currently the Vice-president of the RBA (2002-2003) and is very
active with the local Rangers in the Minneapolis/St. Paul
by dear friend Micky Axton