BLOOMINGTON - Arnulfo "Arnold" Rodriguez Flores, 58, formerly of Bloomington, died on May 24, 2007, in Atlanta, Ga., due to complications from cancer. He served with honor and distinction in the United States Army during the Vietnam War.
He is preceded in death by his mother, Carolina Rodriguez Flores Phipps, and his brother, Tadeo Rodriguez Flores, both also formerly of Bloomington; and his father, Ruperto Rodriguez.
He is survived by his wife, Ruth Evelyn Flores of Dallas, Ga.; and his children, Brandon, Damian, Michael and Kimberly, all also formerly of Bloomington; and several stepchildren and grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother, Juan Salas of Corpus Christi, Texas; and sister, Susan Phipps of Harlingen, Texas.
Locally, he is survived by his sister, Yole Rita Mendiola; brother-in-law, Eulalio Mendiola Sr.; nephew, Eulalio Mendiola Jr.; nephew, Elias E. Mendiola; nephew, Eliazar J. Mendiola; niece, Embarina C. Mendiola; grand nephew Chancellor C. Mendiola; and grand nephew Elias (Armani) Mendiola Jr., all of Bloomington.
Arnold R. Flores was inducted into the United States Army in April of 1969. He served in the Vietnam War as a member of the 101st Airborne Division "Screaming Eagles", Delta Company "First Strike", 1st Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment (Air Mobile). He was primarily stationed in the I Corps region, the central highlands of Vietnam. He was later fully discharged from his obligation to the United States Army in April of 1971. During his service, he served his nation with honor and distinction and was awarded with several decorations.
Arnold R. Flores, along with his brother Tadeo, have the distinction of being from one of the few families in which two of its sons were drafted into the service during the same time period. Coming from single parent family made the sacrifice their family paid for their nation even greater. A grateful nation will be forever indebted to them and will never forget the sacrifice, which they made to defend their country and its ideals during its time of need.
During his time in Bloomington, Arnold R. Flores was also a member of St. Patrick's Church and Holy Trinity Catholic Church.
Since his childhood, he made many sacrifices for his family and this selfless attitude endured for the rest of his days. He cared for all of them during their darkest hours and during their brightest days. He was loved and admired by all who knew him and will be dearly missed.