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The World War II veteran died on July 4 at the age of 99

Joseph Raymond Goulet was a World War II veteran who landed on Omaha Beach in Normandy, France on DD Day.

PORTSMOUTH, NH – Joseph Raymond Goulet, a veteran who landed on Omaha Beach in Normandy, France on D-Day, has died.

The New Hampshire resident died on July 4. He was 99 years old.

According to an obituary, Goulet was born in Lawrence, Massachusetts to parents who immigrated from Canada and volunteered for the U.S. Army during World War II. His math and organizational skills led him to the Army Service Corps – now the Army Quartermaster Corps.

When Army officials realized that Goulet spoke and read French fluently, he was assigned to the Army’s 1st Infantry Division to use those language skills to communicate with local French leaders and help pave the way for the Army’s objectives after the invasion.

He landed on Omaha Beach with the first wave of the 1st Infantry Division on June 6, 1944, but never got to use his French skills.

During the rapid advance into Germany, Goulet carried trucks full of fuel, ammunition and other necessary supplies to the advancing front line. He became part of a ship known as the “Red Ball Express” that operated trucks without stopping, regardless of the enemy, weather or other obstacles.

For the rest of his life, Goulet carried the same battered, old leather wallet that accompanied him everywhere throughout the war.

After the war, he worked several jobs in the electrical utility industry before retiring and moving permanently to New Hampshire.

In January 2021, Goulet was the center of a birthday party outside the Margeson Apartments, where he lives, according to the Portsmouth Herald.

Gulet, who turned 98 years old at that time, planned to spend his birthday alone at his residence due to the coronavirus pandemic. A social media push resulted in 3,000 birthday cards being written and sent to her from all 50 states and as far away as Afghanistan.

Goulet is survived by several children and grandchildren.

The World War II veteran died on July 4 at the age of 99

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