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William T. Vaughan, 93, decorated World War II veteran, insurance broker

July 25, 1924 – June 19, 2018

William T. Vaughan, of Buffalo, a decorated World War II veteran and retired insurance broker, died June 19 in Elderwood at Grand Island after a long illness. He was 93.

Born in Buffalo, he attended Blessed Virgin Mary School and was a 1943 graduate of Lafayette High School, where he was a member of the football and rowing teams.

Less than a month after high school, he was drafted into the Army and assigned as a medic to the 13th Infantry Regiment in the 8th Infantry Division.

Unarmed, he was wounded on the front lines in the Normandy Campaign and was wounded again during the Rhineland Campaign in Germany.

He was awarded two Purple Hearts and the Bronze Star with three oak leaf clusters. He also received the Legion of Honor medal from the French Consul.

Returning from service, he earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Canisius College, where he competed on the rowing team.

Mr. Vaughan became a case manager with the Erie County Department of Social Services, then went into sales with insurance agencies, including Clauss and Company and Lawley Insurance.

Known to everyone as Bill, he was active as a volunteer for the Canisius College Alumni Association. He was inducted into the college’s Di Gamma Honor Society in 1989 for his service.

He and his wife were active in churches, including St. Joseph’s New Cathedral, St. Margaret’s Catholic Church, St. Mark’s Catholic Church and the Newman Center at the University at Buffalo.

He also was a volunteer for Friends of Night People, the Western New York Peace Center, Catholic Charities, the Cursillo Movement, Loaves and Fishes and the Salvation Army.

His wife of 63 years, the former Joan L. Missert, an accountant, died in 2013.

Survivors include two daughters, Kathleen Putnam and Mary “Molly” Vaughan; a son, William T. Jr.; four grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandson.

A Mass of Christian Burial was offered June 23 in St. Mark’s Catholic Church, 401 Woodward Ave.

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