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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

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.
  • 09 March 1944: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. M. W. Dufilho, widow of Lieutenant Dufilho
  • 21 July 1944: Commissioned, Cmdr. A. H. Nienau, USNR, in command
  • 14 May 1946: Decommissioned at San Diego, Cal. after 1 year and 10 months of service
  • 01 December 1972: Struck from the NVR
  • 12 September 1973: Sold for scrapping
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    38k Marion William Dufilho was born 22 May 1916 in Opelousas, La. and graduated from the Naval Academy 02 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
    Downey, Cal.

    Assoc. Researcher
    Dufilho 40k 24 July 1944: Houston, Tex. - Port bow view of USS Dufilho (DE 423) near Houston three days after being commissioned. The ship carries Measure 32/3d camouflage scheme.

    (U.S. Navy Photo #BS 98961 from the Bureau of Ships, United States National Archives)
    Jerry Church

      caption from
    Mike Green
    Port Angeles, Wash.
    Dufilho 69k 02 November 1944: Casablanca, French Morocco - As seen from the USS Kasaan Bay (CVE 69), the USS Dufilho (DE 423), wearing 32/3d camouflage scheme.

    (U.S. Navy Photo #80-G-298905 from the United States National Archives)
    David Buell

      caption from
    Mike Green
    Port Angeles, Wash.
    Dufilho 71k 07 December 1944: The Gulf of Mexico - Overhead starboard side view of the USS Dufilho (DE 423) underway in the Gulf of Mexico, as seen by an aircraft from squadron ZP-24. Dufilho is enroute to the Panama Canal after departing Norfolk, Va. on her way to the Pacific. She and USS Douglas A. Munro (DE 422) are escorting USS Fomalhaut (AK 22)

    (U.S. Navy Photo # 80-G-294554 from the United States National Archives, courtesy of C. Lee Johnson at USN Dazzle)
    Mike Green
    Port Angeles, Wash.
    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

    Dufilho History
    View the USS Dufilho (DE 423) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.
    View the official War History of USS Dufilho as submitted by the ship at war's end.

    Dufilho's Commanding Officers
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 21 Jul. 1944 - 16 Dec. 1945Lcdr. Albert Henry Nienau, USNR (NROTC 37) (Seattle, Wash.) (Comm. CO)
    2.) 16 Dec. 1945 - 17 Dec. 1945Lt. Oliver K. Brooks, USNR (New York City, N.Y.)
    3.) 17 Dec. 1945 - 25 Jan. 1946Lcdr. Percy Anthony Lilly Jr., USN (Morganfield, W.V.)
    4.) 25 Jan. 1946 - .. .... 1946Lcdr. Lloyd George Benson, USNR (Ilion, N.Y.)
    5.) .. .... 1946 - .. .... 1946Lcdr. Julian O. Olsen Jr., USNR
    6.) .. .... 1946 - 14 May 1946Lcdr. Donald R. Shaul, USNR (Los Angeles, Cal.) (Decomm. CO)

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