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Lt Marion W Dufilho
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Birth: May 22, 1916
Opelousas
St. Landry Parish
Louisiana, USA
Death: Aug. 25, 1942, Solomon Islands

The following information was extracted from a US Navy report from the Division of Naval Hisitory (OP-29).

"Lt. Dufilho was killed on 25 August 1942, having been attached to a fighting squadron, when the plane which he was piloting was lost in the Southwest Pacific. Lt. Dufilho was awarded the NAVY CROSS. The DISTINGUISHED FLYING CROSS was previously awarded."

Marion William Dufilho, born 22 May 1916 in Opelousas, La., graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis on 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. 
 
Note: Entered the service from Louisiana.
 
Burial:
Manila American Cemetery and Memorial
Manila
Metro Manila
National Capital Region, Philippines
 
Maintained by: Mark Hollier
Originally Created by: CWGC/ABMC
Record added: Aug 08, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 56760014
Lt Marion W Dufilho
Added by: Mark Hollier
 
Lt Marion W Dufilho
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Added by: Paul Hyde Schott
 
 
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