Daniel Thomas Furlong
passed away peacefully on Tuesday, December 2, 2014, at Riverside
Assisted Living in Soldotna, Alaska at the age of 92.
Daniel was born in Seattle, Washington on September 22, 1922, son of
Thomas & Mary Alice Furlong. He has called Soldotna home since 1977.
Sergeant Furlong was a member of Company H 508th Parachute Infantry,
82nd Airborne Division. He served overseas in the European Theater
of Operations in combat with the 82nd Airborne. He was in charge of
both a 60mm Mortar Squad and Rifle Squad and made two combat jumps
over enemy territory in Normandy and Holland. Daniel earned several
medals including two Purple Hearts, from wounds received in Normandy
and at the Battle of the Bulge, a Bronze Star, and a Distinguished
Daniel was a WWII Hero
and “Lifetime Hero” to his family and a long time member of the VFW
and Elks Club.
Daniel was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Delores; grandson,
Jon R. Furlong; and parents Thomas & Mary Alice.
Mr. Furlong is survived by sons Daniel and wife Claudia of Soldotna,
Alaska; William and wife Lani of Soldotna, Alaska; Kenneth and
companion Gloria of Maple Valley, Washington; and many loving
grandchildren and great grandchildren. He was a loving father,
husband, grandfather and great grandfather.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday,
December 11, 2014, at Peninsula Memorial Chapel with the VFW
officiating. Following his cremation, Daniel’s ashes will be
interred at the Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent, Washington.
[courtesy of Donald Miller]
marker for Daniel T. Furlong in Tahoma National Cemetery, Kent (King
Daniel enlisted in the
Army at Tacoma, WA on 11 October 1942.
On 16 December 1942
Pvt Furlong was one of 158 men transferred from Camp Toccoa, GA to
Co H, 508th PIR at Camp Blanding, FL.
By 1 September 1943 he
was promoted to Corporal and appointed to Sergeant on 27 March 1944.
Sgt Furlong was
wounded in action in France on 20 June 1944 and evacuated. He
returned to duty on 8 July 1944.
He was again wounded
in action in December 1944. According to an account told by
Ralph Busson, "… Furlong got shot in the face. One bullet hit below
the eye and came out behind the ear. I call that a million dollar
On 27 March 1945,
still hospitalized, Sgt Furlong was listed as relieved from
assignment and transferred to the Detachment of Patients at an
unknown hospital. he did not return to the regiment.
Following the war Dan
was a regular attendee at 508th
PIR Association meetings.