Walter Goulart

Walter Goulart

Walter Goulart in front of his home in New Bedford, MA.

Walter Goulart, born February 1, 1895, grew up in New Bedford, MA. Drafted into the army on September 15, 1917 at the age of 22, he was first sent to Camp Devens in Ayer, Massachusetts.  In November 1917, Walter transferred to Camp Gordon in Georgia, Atlanta and then in 1918 to Camp Upton in Yaphank, New York. During May 1918, Walter was sent to France to continue serving his country overseas.  Private Walter Goulart died during the Meuse-Argonne offensive at Hill No. 180 on October 7, 1918. After his death Walter is believed to have been awarded the Purple Heart for his service during World War I. On May 13, 1923, the community of New Bedford commemorated Walter by dedicating the Walter Goulart Memorial in Goulart Square in New Bedford, MA. Today Private Walter Goulart is remembered as one of New Bedford’s first Portuguese distinguished heroes of World War I. The square was later rededicated on May 26, 1997.

Walter Goulart