Troy David Arnold, 82, highly decorated Army veteran who was a premiere marksman

Troy David Arnold
Troy David Arnold

Troy David Arnold, 82, beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, was called home to be with the Lord Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019, following a recent surgery and inpatient rehab. Troy was born April 21, 1937, in Wythe County. He was preceded in death by his parents, Oakley Arnold and Rebecca Harmon; and siblings, Bonnie Arnold and James Arnold.

Troy is survived by his loving wife, MiJa; sons, Robert Arnold (Barbara) and Troy Arnold; daughters, Mary Harris (Robert Tutaj) and Barbara Arnold (Alan Wakefield); four grandsons, Chuck Wilson (Geni), Brian Wilson (Cortney), Dylan Arnold (Caylyne) and Carl Arnold; five great-grandchildren, Henley, Delaney and Sydney Wilson, Charlie Wilson and Ezra Arnold; and siblings, Donald Arnold (Alberta), Sarah Horton and Joyce Eller.

Troy spent much of his younger life in southwestern Virginia. At the age of 17, he joined the U.S. Army and served in many locations in the U.S. and around the world, including Japan, South Korea, Germany and two yearlong tours during the Vietnam conflict.

During his overseas assignments in South Korea, he met and married his wife, MiJa. Until his passing, they enjoyed their family, especially the five great-grandchildren. During Troy’s time in the U.S. Army service, he was awarded the Bronze Star, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry and Purple Heart Medal. He was also a member of the Army Pistol Team, where he and his highly ranked team earned high honors during competition. Troy’s precise shooting abilities distinguished him as a premier marksman. He later helped coach team members who became Olympic team participants. After Army retirement in 1974, Troy worked in the Pulaski area in several positions, one of which was for Radford University Police, where he formed a pistol team who competed with similar organizations. Their team also earned high honors.

Troy was a recent resident of Virginia Beach, moving there in 2016 to be closer to his children and extended family for support. He was previously a longtime resident of Pulaski County, where he grew up and which served as home base to and from his many military deployments. In addition to his family, one of his lifelong loves was fishing. Troy loved going out on his boat to find all the good fishing spots. Over the years, the family spent a lot of time fishing, skiing and picnicking at the best locations. While living in Pulaski, Troy was a member of New River Valley Baptist Church, where he and MiJa attended regularly. They loved their fellow church members, especially the children.

A celebration of life service will be held at 1 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 10, at Rosewood-Kellum Funeral Home, 601 North Witchduck Road,
Virginia Beach.

Memorial donations may be made to American Diabetes Association, Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation or charity of choice.

Share online condolences with the family at Rosewood-Kellum Funeral Home.

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