Funeral services were held last week in East Amherst for Daniel John Davies of Peachtree City, Ga., a World War II veteran and longtime Buffalo resident, who died April 11 in a Georgia hospital after a long illness. He was 80.
Known to friends and family as "Jack," Mr. Davies was born in Pittsburgh but raised in Jamestown. He moved to Buffalo in 1940 and lived in the city until moving to Kissimmee, Fla., in 1992; he had moved to Peachtree City within the past few months.
In World War II, he was a member of the Navy's Scouts and Raiders division, later known as the SEALs.
Mr. Davies helped do reconnaissance work on Utah Beach before the D-Day invasion, and was given a commendation for saving the life of a fellow seaman during that work.
A life member and former division commander of Post 1488, Veterans of Foreign Wars in Buffalo, he also was a member of Queen City-Christopher G. Fox Masonic Lodge 358 in Amherst.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years, the former Lorraine M. Schlifke; a daughter, Barbara L. Miles-Moranski of Silver Creek; a son, Daniel T. of Jamestown; two sisters, Betty Husarek of Daytona Beach, Fla., and Donna Walker of Panama; two brothers, Gordon Maier of Kissimmee and Thomas D. Davies of Houston; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Burial was in Acacia Park Cemetery, Pendleton.