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In 1988 Mary and Ed Arnold, Sr. started Four Star Publications, Inc. to publish their idea of uniquely cataloguing Veteran’s Service Organizations and Patriotic Societies by War Period.

Mary and Ed Arnold, 1997

Twenty-nine years later, and in keeping with my Mother’s and Father’s idea, now online, through this website:

American Veterans’ Service Organizations and Patriotic Societies (AVSOPS)

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My name is Ed Arnold, Jr. my wife, Sinedu and I maintain and host this site now. If you have questions or comments, please feel free to reach out to us below.

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Photograph of Mary M. Arnold, U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Mary E. Arnold

Mary M. Arnold, U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Mary E. Arnold

With her silver hair, elegant style and Southern charm, Mrs. Arnold was a widely known and loved figure in the Washington community, especially in the world of Congress and public affairs. She was employed for 21 years by the Sergeant at Arms of the U.S. Senate, where she served as the Doorkeeper Supervisor in the Senate and interacted with Senators and staff on a daily
basis. Previously, she worked for Representative Roger Zion (R-Ill) in the late 1960s and as a flight attendant for Eastern Airlines in the late 1950s.

Mary Arnold, On September 20, 2001, president George W. Bush gave a speech before a joint session of Congress in response to the September 11 attacks.

Mary Arnold joint session of Congress, September 20, 2001.

Mary Arnold was born on April 17, 1938, in Jonesboro, Ark., and attended Memphis State University in Memphis, Tenn., for two years. She married her husband, Edwin Arnold, in 1959 and moved with him to the Washington area in 1960 when he accepted a position with Representative Ralph Harvey (R-IN).

A passionate lover of Boston Terriers and all animals, Mrs. Arnold was active in the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria; the Junior Women’s Club of Alexandria, where she was named Member of the Year in 1965; and the Junior Women’s Club of Memphis. She had the honor of serving as a Lady-in-Waiting in the Cotton Carnival in Memphis in 1956.

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Ed Arnold, Sr.
Edwin L. Arnold, Sr.
Department of Veterans Affairs,

Ed Arnold Photograph taken Korea 1953, Lieutenant Ed Arnold and Captain Theodore "Ted" Samuel Williams, Korean War 1953

Lieutenant Ed Arnold and Captain Theodore “Ted” Samuel Williams, Korean War 1953

Mr. Arnold was a United States Marine Corps veteran from the Korean conflict where he served as 1st Lt. with the First Marine Division during 1953 and 1954. In 1960, he moved from Memphis Tennessee to Washington with his wife, Mary, and daughter to serve as Administrative Assistant to then Indiana Congressman Ralph Harvey.

In 1966, he joined the Veterans Administration where he championed veterans rights throughout Executive and Legislative branches of the Government. For more then 26 years, Mr. Arnold held a number of managerial positions, which also accompanied and contributed to the transformation of the independent government agency of the Veterans Administration into the existing Cabinet-level Department of Veterans Affairs.




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4 Star Publications Copyright:

Type of Work: Text

Registration Number / Date: TXu000478287 / 1991-07-05

Title: Veterans organizations and patriotic societies directory from the Revolution to the Persian Gulf, 1992.

Description: 1 v. – Date of Creation: 1991

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The directory and its contents are offered in good faith. Information included in this directory has been provided by the businesses often through their websites so although reasonable efforts have been made to ensure the accuracy of the information, AVSOPS, LLC. does not accept responsibility for any errors or omissions. Classified entries of organizations do not imply any form of recognition, recommendation or guarantee of the organization or the products and services provided. Users of the directory are advised to check any information offered to their own satisfaction before relying upon it.

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