October 26, 1927 - May 8, 2021
Daniel Boatwright considered himself fortunate to have survived the world for over 93 years. He was born in a small house in Waynesboro, Georgia on October 26, 1927 to Ruth and Daniel Boatwright Sr. His two sisters Violet Finger and Martha J. Barnes preceded him in death in 2016 and 1996, respectively. The Boatwright family migrated to New York City in the 1940s. After completing high school, he began his career working in a clothing store. He also worked as shoe shiner and factory worker. But, as his mother told him from an early age, he needed to do more so he could leave a legacy. Dan joined the army in 1943. In April 1948 he completed his basic technical training in Fort Benning Georgia. He would become a member of the all black 555th Parachute Infantry Battalion 82nd Airborne division, better known as the “Triple Nickels”, towards the end of World War II. In 1950 he became a member of the first, last, and only black Ranger Company during the Korean War. Although he started in a segregated unit, he was not discouraged from becoming an outstanding soldier. He was a four-time Purple Heart recipient and was wounded in Korea and in Vietnam. He received numerous honors and accolades for his commitment to our country and the values of freedom, peace, and opportunity for all Americans. He retired from the U.S. army in 1970 as Lieutenant Colonel. He would later move to Keysville where he became a gentleman farmer who shared the fruits of his labor with friends and family. In his travels, he always thought of helping those who needed a hand, regardless of their ethnicity. His generosity, philanthropy and humanity kept him grounded and humble. He leaves behind a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Together with the Lord Memorial Services will be held 3 p.m. Sunday May 16, in the funeral home chapel with Reverend tom Kalliokoski officiating.
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