Furtado, Daniel William


Private First Class US Army
Unit – Company C, 806th Tank Destroyer Battalion

Birth place – Rhode Island
Birth date –  27/07/1921

Death date – 17/01/2000
Father – Luiz do Couto Furtado
Mother – Maria Conceição Simas do Couto Furtado 

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Daniel Furtado in uniform
(Photograph courtesy of Marie Ray Fraley, niece)

The eldest son of Azorean immigrants from Vila Franca do Campo, island of São Miguel, Daniel Furtado was born in West Warwick, Rhode Island on July 27, 1921.

Daniel presented himself for enlistment in the U.S. Army on October 1, 1942 in Providence, Rhode Island. Following basic training and later specialized training as a marksman rifle expert and carbine gunner, he was shipped to Europe with his unit arriving on June 5, 1944, where he served as a heavy truck driver throughout the Northern France Campaign with Company C, 806th Tank Destroyer Battalion.

At the end of the war during the demobilization of troops, he was shipped home arriving in the United States on February 21, 1946.

PFC Daniel Furtado was Honorably Discharged from the U.S. Army on February 26, 1946 at Fort Devens, Massachusetts with 39 months of service. He was awarded the Good Conduct Medal, the Victory Medal, the European-African-Middle Eastern Theatre Campaign Ribbon, and the American Theatre Campaign Ribbon.

Daniel Furtado passed away on January 17, 2000


António Fragoeiro and Marie Ray Fraley

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Recruitment card of Daniel Furtado

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Recruitment card of Daniel Furtado