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In Memory of
Richard Duteau

Richard Duteau Special Forces RIP

SFC (Ret.) Richard "Dick" Arlen Duteau passed away on February 16, 2024 at his home in Florida at age 75. He was a member of Chapter 54 of the Special Forces Association. "Dick" was a former member of A Company, 1st Battalion, 11th Special Forces Group (Airborne) and C Company, 1st Battalion, 20th Special Forces Group (Airborne). He passed away at his home in Palm Coast, Florida.

Dick enlisted in the Army after High School in 1968. He served with the 3rd, 5th, 6th, 11th, and 20th Special Forces Groups. He was a Senior Medical Specialist as well as an Operations and Intelligence Sergeant. He spoke Russian, Ukrainian, and Spanish and deployed to many foreign nations during his long career in Special Forces. He was an avid reader and scuba diver with a great sense of humor.

Dick was a Massachusetts native and a graduate of Gardner High School, Massachusetts, class of 1967. He moved to Palm Coast, Florida in 2013. He graduated Quinsigamond Community College in 1973 with an Associate's Degree in Medical Science and Respiratory Therapy. He also did post graduate studies at Wachusett Community Collge and Fitchburg State College. He worked for the Massachusetts Department of Corrections from 1981 to 2005 when he retired as a Lieutenant.


Plans are for a celebration of life in the central Massachusetts area in the spring or early summer of 2024.



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