Goolsby remembered as true hero

Published 3:00 am Tuesday, September 22, 2015

More than 400 World War II veterans die every day.

On Saturday, Sept. 19, funeral services were held for WWII veteran Daniel Terry Goolsby, 90, United States Navy (Ret) at Tennille United Methodist Church.

Goolsby, a former Brundidge resident, died on Sept. 12, 2015 in Huntsville.

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He was remembered as a dedicated patriot and a true American hero. The Patriot Guard Riders provided the honor guard for Goolsby. He was buried at Greenwood Cemetery in Montgomery.

“Brother Goolsby attended Tennille United Methodist Church and all of us who knew him loved and respected him,” said Freddie Turner, quartermaster of VFW Post 7055 in Brundidge of which Goolsby was a member.

“Brother Goolsby was an American hero,” Turner said. “He was a veteran of World War II, Korea and Vietnam. He served as a Navy corpsman and in all four branches of the military – the Navy, Marines, Army and Air Force. Not many men served in three wars and in four branches of the military. It was an honor to have known him.



“Brother Goolsby was what we call a Navy Seal today. Back in his generation, he was called a frogman. We don’t hear about frogmen anymore but they were the best of the best.

“When he was in Vietnam, he was attached to the 1st Battalion, 3rd Marines, fighting forces.”

Turner said Goolsby retired as a Chief Navy Corpsman and then worked as an epidemiologist with the Center for Disease Control in Montgomery. After retiring again, he spent time with family and friends, traveling and reading and supporting his Troy Trojans.

“Brother Goolsby enriched the lives of so many of us,” Turner said. “We have lost a true patriot and an American hero. How sad that is.”