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Arnold E. Hargis (1916 - 1968)

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Arnold E. Hargis
1916 - 1968
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1916
Tulare County, Californai
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1968
Los Angeles, California
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Arnold E. Hargis was born in 1916 at Tulare County, Californai. He is the child of Zachariah Thomas Mackey Hargis and Lillian Johnson, with siblings Hazel and Anita. He died in 1968 at Los Angeles, California at 52 years of age.
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Arnold E. Hargis passed away in 1968 at Los Angeles, California at 52 years of age. He was born in 1916 at Tulare County, Californai. He is the child of Zachariah Thomas Mackey Hargis and Lillian Johnson, with siblings Hazel and Anita.
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1916 - 1968 World Events

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In 1916, in the year that Arnold E. Hargis was born, in June, the U.S. Congress authorized a plan to expand the armed forces over the next five years. Called the National Defense Act of 1916, the national law expanded the National Guard and Army (the Army added an aviation unit), created the Reserves, and gave the President expanded authority to federalize the National Guard. It also allowed the government to stockpile, in advance, materiel to be used in wartime.

In 1921, Arnold was merely 5 years old when on November 11th, the first burial was held at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery. The body of an unknown soldier - selected by Army Sgt. Edward F. Younger who was highly decorated for valor and received the Distinguished Service Cross in "The Great War" - was brought back from France (World War 1) and placed in the newly completed tomb. President Warren G. Harding officiated at the interment ceremonies.

In 1939, he was 23 years old when in May, Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, the first full-length animated film, reached a total international gross of $6.5 million which made it (to then) the most successful sound film of all time. First released in December 1937, it was originally dubbed "Disney's Folly" but the premiere received a standing ovation from the audience. At the 11th Academy Awards in February 1939, Walt Disney won an Academy Honorary Award - a full-size Oscar statuette and seven miniature ones - for Snow White.

In 1958, when he was 42 years old, on March 24th, Elvis Presley was inducted into the United States Army. Although he could have served in Special Services as an entertainer, he chose to become a regular soldier. Almost everyone thought it would be the end of his career - it wasn't.

In 1968, in the year of Arnold E. Hargis's passing, on January 31st, the North Vietnamese launched the Tet Offensive, a turning point in the Vietnam War. 70,000 North Vietnamese and Viet Cong forces swarmed into South Vietnam. The South Vietnamese and US troops held off the offensive but it was such fierce fighting that the U.S. public began to turn against the war.

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