Thomas Arbige joined the Army from Rhode Island as soon as he turned 18. After finishing basic training in Florida, he left for England, and then served in France as a military policeman.
Arbige fought in the Battle of the Bulge in late January 1945. His squad was among the first to cross the Rhine River and the Rhineland Offensive in February. Arbige also served in Czechoslovakia and Germany as part of the 346th Infantry Military Police. He was in Plauen, Germany, as part of the city’s occupational forces when the war ended on May 5.
During his service, Arbige earned the Combat Infantry Badge, the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal and the World War II Victory Medal. He left the Army in July 1946.
After leaving the Army, Arbige became a police officer in his hometown of Providence, Rhode Island. He retired in 1978. Outside of work, he served as a sexton for his local church and was active in the Fraternal Order of Police Trade Union.
Arbige died in August 2006. He was 80.
We honor his service.
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