1919-1989 — New Bedford, Bristol, Massachusetts
Arthur Pereira served in the United States Army's Signal Corp during World War II. He reached the rank of Corporal. Arthur, like his brother, Augustinho, was drafted during his second year in High School and served from December 4, 1942 to December 22, 1945 in the 1717th Signal Service Company (Army). Army Serial No. 31 235 011. He was trained in Pennsylvania and British Vancouver. He was involved in the following battles/campaigns as a radio operator: New Guinea, Southern Philipines, Luzon and Ryukyus. Corporal Pereira received the following decorations: Asiatic Pacific Theater Campaign Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, Philipine Liberation Ribbon with Two Bronze Service Stars GO No23 Hq USSAFFE 1945, American Theater Campaign Ribbon, Victory Medal. He returned thin and worn from his service in the Phillipines. Corporal Pereira would never discuss his war experiences. What the family does know is that during the war he was ordered to become a citizen because of the sensitivity and specialized training he was receiving in radar. Arthur had been brought to America from Portugal as an infant. The family is in possession of his "Notice of Alien's Acceptability", dated October 29, 1942, signed by Joseph R. Glennon, cerk of local board No. 108 of Bristol County, MA. His certificate of naturalization (petition#37554, certificate #5395045) was authorized by the U.S.District Court of Western District of Washington, Northern Division, at Seatle, WA on March 10, 1944.
After the war, he joined his father and brother in the grocery business. He was a co-owner with his brother, Agustinho Nunes Pereira, of the "Pereira Brothers' Variety Store" on Coggeshall Street. At the time of his retirement, the store was one of the oldest family owned neighborhood grocery stores in New Bedford. Arthur Nunes Pereira was a highly intelligent and kindly man who gave generously of his time to counsel and assist his many Portuguese neighbors and customers. Arthur Pereira encouraged, as did his father, Antonio Nunes Pereira, their betterment in America. Arthur extended these same courtesies to members of his family. His advice was sought out by many.
Like his father, Arthur Nunes Pereira loved music, played it, wrote it, often collaborating with his father in arrangements for other musicians. Arthur played the saxophone, now in possession of great nephew, in bands which traveled throughout the southeastern Massachusetts. Arthur Nunes Pereira was devoted to family. Arthur and his wife served as godparents to many children. Arthur Nunes Pereira died of pneumonia after suffering from metastatic colon cancer. He stood 5 feet 9 inches tall, had brown hair and brown eyes and a very fair and ruddy complexion.