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USS Dufilho (DE 423)


Flag Hoist / Radio Call Sign:
N - J - M - I
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: American Campaign Medal
Second Row: Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - WWII Victory Medal - Philippine Liberation Ribbon


Specifications:
Class: John C. Butler
Type: WGT (geared-turbine drive, 5" guns)
Displacement: 1350 tons (light), 1745 tons (full)
Length: 300' (wl), 306' (oa)
Beam: 36' 10" (extreme)
Draft: 11' 0" (draft limit)
Propulsion: 2 "D" Express boilers, 2 geared turbine engines, 12,000 shp, 2 screws
Speed: 24 kts
Range: 6,000 nm @ 12 knots
Armament: 2 - 5"/38 cal. DP guns (2x1), 4 - 40mm AA (2x2), 10 - 20mm AA, 3 - 21" TT, 1 Mk10 Hedgehog, 8 Mk6 Depth Charge Projectors, 2 Mk9 Depth Charge Stern Racks
Complement: 14 / 201
Dufilho (DE 423) Building and Operational Data:
  • 31 January 1944: Keel laid by the Brown Shipbuilding Co., Houston, Tex.
  • March 1944: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. M. W. Dufilho, widow of Lieutenant Dufilho
  • 21 July 1944: Commissioned, Cdr A. H. Nienau, USNR, in command
  • 14 May 1946: Decommissioned at San Diego, Cal.
  • 1 December 1972: Stricken from the NVR
  • 12 September 1973: Sold for scrapping
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    Dufilho 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. )
    Bill Gonyo
    Dufilho 40k undated wartime image Jerry Church
    Dufilho 69k 1944 David Buell
    Dufilho 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

    View the USS Dufilho (DE 423) DANFS history entry
    located on the US Naval Historical Center web site.

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    Additional Resources
    Destroyer Escort Sailors Association
    Tin Can Sailors Shipmate Registry - USS Dufilho
    The Destroyer History Foundation
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