Michael Alan Arp was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and came from a military family. Growing up, he dreamed of becoming an engineer. After graduating high school, Arp planned to attend DeVry University, but were derailed when he was drafted and sent to Vietnam.
During his time in the Army, Arp served in Company A, 159th Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division and worked on helicopters. He later served in the Persian Gulf War, where he was promoted to First Sergeant. For his actions in service, Arp earned the Meritorious Service Medal, the Air Medal, and the Army Commendation Medal.
Thank you for your service, Michael!
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Veterans History Project
This #VeteranOfTheDay profile was created with interviews submitted to the Veterans History Project. The project collects, preserves, and makes accessible the personal accounts of American war Veterans so that future generations may hear directly from Veterans and better understand the realities of war. Find out more at http://www.loc.gov/vets/.
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