Sherwin Arculis was born on 17 November 1929 in Providence, RI. The family moved to Rock Hill, SC in 1931, where Sherwin attended grammar and high school. Sherwin then attended the Citadel and graduated on 9 June 1951 with a Political Science degree and a commission as a second lieutenant in the Infantry. After officer basic training at Fort Benning, GA, then LT Arculis was assigned to the 15th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division in Korea. On the night of 21 August 1952, LT Arculis led the support element of a combat patrol whose mission was to attack hostile positions on a hill near Chokko-re, Korea. As the patrol approached its objective, LT Arculis detected hostile forces following the patrol in an attempt to encircle and cut off the main body from its support element. He immediately led a squad and attacked the foe and despite the heavy volume of small arms fire and automatic weapons fire, they repulsed the enemy force. After the assault force moved to the objective, LT Arculis set up the support platoon with speed and efficiency, covering the withdrawal of friendly units when contact with the enemy was broken. LT Arculis’ leadership and courage enabled his unit to successfully accomplish its mission and reflected great credit upon himself and the US Army. For his courageous and heroic actions, LT Arculis was awarded the Bronze Star Medal with V Device.
Returning from Korea, LT Arculis met and married Grace Lyle Campbell on 5 December 1953. Now CPT Arculis completed airborne training and then served as a battalion S-2 with the 11th Airborne Division. Over the next decade, service in Germany, Korea and the U.S.A. Prepared now LTC Arculis for duty in Vietnam as executive officer for the 525th Military Intelligence Group. COL Arculis’ final assignment was as the TRADOC Systems Manager (TSM) for the Remotely Piloted Vehicles. After retiring from the US Army in February 1980,
Sherwin Arculis’ post military career included positions with Lockheed Missiles and Space Company in California, Texas and finally Huntsville, AL. In April 1995, COL(R) Sherwin Arculis retired for the last time and now lives every day as a Saturday and enjoys flying model airplanes.