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Albert J. Dauterman, retired U.S. Customs officer Jan. 23, 1919 -- June 3, 2007

Albert J. Dauterman, who started his Army service riding a horse and later was in the thick of the Battle of Bulge as a member of a tank destroyer reconnaissance team, died last Sunday in Millard Fillmore Hospital. He was 88.

Mr. Dauterman, a native of Buffalo, grew up in the Bailey-Kensington neighborhood and graduated from Bennett High School.

Inducted into the Army just before Pearl Harbor, he told friends he originally was in a "cavalry horse outfit" and was issued uniforms from World War I and a broomstick instead of a gun.

Later during the war, he served as a member of a tank destroyer reconnaissance team in Gen. George Patton's 3rd Army, participating in the Normandy Invasion and the Battle of the Bulge and getting as far east as Czechoslovakia.

After the war, he graduated from the University of Buffalo, worked for the Internal Revenue Service and then became a U.S. Customs officer in Buffalo, Niagara Falls and Toronto, retiring after 25 years.

After retirement, he worked as a cost accountant at Buffalo Psychiatric Center.

The Amherst resident eventually stopped working at age 81 but cared for the cats of his dear friend, Margaret McCracken, who survives him.

A private service is planned in Forest Lawn.

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