Other Notable Deaths

OTHER NOTABLE DEATHS

August 07, 2009

HAROLD W. "BUD" ARBERG SR., 90

Wrote lyrics to Army's official song

Harold W. "Bud" Arberg Sr., 90, a musician who adapted the "Caisson" into the Army's official song, died of pneumonia Aug. 4 at Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington.

It took the Army three tries and nearly half a century to come up with an official song before Mr. Arberg, then a member of the Army's Special Services Division, got it right. In 1956, new Army Secretary Wilbur Brucker decided the Army should adopt the old standard, "The Caissons Go Rolling Along." Mr. Arberg wrote new lyrics and a new musical introduction, and on Veterans Day 1956 "Caisson" became "The Army Goes Rolling Along," the official song of the Army.

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