Arthur Goldschmidt was born in New York City in 1925. He went to Brooklyn Technical High School in Brooklyn, New York. After high school, Arthur worked at Radio Receptor Company and went to Cooper Union.
During World War II, Arthur was drafted at the age of eighteen. He went to basic training at Fort Benning and advanced training at Fort Jackson. Originally, Arthur was accepted into the Army Specialized Training Program (ASTP), but when the program ended, he went into the infantry.
Arthur served in the 3rd Battalion, Headquarters Company of the 347th Infantry Regiment, 87th Infantry Division. He went through Camp Kilmer and shipped overseas on the Queen Elizabeth to England. In France, his unit saw action in Metz and the Saar Valley.
When the Germans launched the Ardennes Offensive in mid-December 1944, Arthur's unit was part of the Third Army's reinforcement of beleaguered American units that were surrounded by Germans in the Battle of the Bulge. In his oral history, Arthur recounts what it was like to live through the Battle of the Bulge, during which time he was awarded a Silver Star. On January 29, 1945, Arthur was wounded and evacuated to Paris.
After the war, Arthur worked at Freed Electronic and Controls in Manhattan and then at Radio Corporation of America (RCA).