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|38k||Marion William Dufilho was born 22 May 1916 in Opelousas, La. and graduated from the Naval Academy 2 June 1938. On 24 August 1942, while serving as a section leader in Fighting Squadron 5 in Saratoga (CV 3), Lieutenant Dufilho was killed in action in the Battle of the Eastern Solomons. He was posthumously awarded both the Navy Cross and the Distinguished Flying Cross for his heroism and achievement in this battle, which turned back a major effort of the Japanese to reinforce Guadalcanal and Tulagi. Other medals awarded posthumously were the Purple Heart; American Defense Service Medal; and the World War II Victory Medal.
USS Dufilho (DE 423) (1944-1946) was the first ship to be named in his honor.
(Photo from the U.S. Naval Academy Yearbook; The Lucky Bag, Class of 1938. )
|40k||undated wartime image||Jerry Church|
|135k||29 December 1945: Hong Kong, China - A group photo of Dufilho's engineering department. The photo belonged to Lisa's father-in-law Russell E. Snyder, who recently passed away.||Lisa Flowers Snyder|
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