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PFC Philip Gene DuPont

PFC Philip Gene DuPont

Birth
Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA
Death 22 May 1945 (aged 19)
Okinawa, Japan
Burial Plymouth, Grafton County, New Hampshire, USA
Memorial ID 80547848 · View Source
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GOLD STAR MOTHERS ATTEND RITES
FOR PLYMOUTH HERO.

Several Gold Star Mothers were in attendance at the Final Rites for PFC Philip G. DuPont who was seriously wounded on Okinawa on May 21, 1945 and died the following day, May 22. Services were held Thursday afternoon at the Plymouth Methodist Church with Rev. C. Arthur Saddessy officiating. Members of the Pemigewasset Veterans Association were in charge of the services. Burial was in Riverside Cemetery with Gammons Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. Mrs. Lionel LaPlante, mother of PFC DuPont is Vice President of American Gold Star Mothers, Inc. Other Gold Star Mothers attending the services were President Mildred Woods, Mesdames Carrignan, LaCasse, Lahey and Martineau, all of Manchester.

Bearers were Timothy Munroe, Earl Cayes, Arthur Forbes, Herbert Ash, John McCormack and Albert McCormack, Jr. Members of the Firing Squad were Malcolm McKenzie, Commander, Gerard Simoneau, Oscar Cushing, Floyd Wilkie, Wendell Lougee, Albert Kruger and Hugh O'Donnell; Honor Guard, Floyd Wilkie and Wendell Lougee; Color Bearers, Robert Burtt, Milton Pettengill, Corwin Burghardt, James Cosgrove, Walter Smialek and Burton Allen. Honor Guard at the Funeral Home were Floyd Wilkie, John McCormack, Corwin Burghardt and Henry Boyce. Other veterans were in attendance at the services and assisted. The American flag which draped the casket was presented the widow by Marine Sgt. James Williams who escorted the body from Brooklyn.
Pvt. DuPont was born September 11, 1925 in Boston, son of the late Philip DuPont, veteran of World War I and Mrs Anne DuPont LaPlante of Manchester. He attended grammar school in New Jersey until 1936, two years at Bordentown Military Academy, Bordentown, N.J., and Plymouth High School until his enlistment in the Marines on February 8, 1943. He was a member of Roosevelt Troop No. 56, Boy Scouts of America.

He received his boot training at Parris Island, N.C. and was sent to the Naval Ammunition Depot at Dover, N.J. for guard duty. He was later transferred to New River, N.C, and then to Camp Pendleton, California. He was sent overseas in December 1944 to the Russell Islands. He was with the Marines who landed on Okinawa a few hours after the first wave, where he gave his life.

Besides the widow, Mrs. Mary Durand DuPont, survivors include a son, Gene, 6, and a daughter, Maryanne, 4; his mother, two brothers, James DuPont of Portsmouth and Dwight Wood of Manchester.

Among those from out of town attending the services in addition to the Gold Star Mothers mentioned heretofore were Lionel LaPlante, Dwight F. Wood, Oscar LaPlante, Mrs. James B. Downie, John V. Young, all of Manchester; Mr. and Mrs. James DuPont, Portsmouth; Mrs Pearl Hobbs, Toronto, Canada; Mrs. Ramon Brooks, South Bend, Indiana; Mr. and Mrs. Leo Durand and Mrs Carl Laurier, Laconia; and Marshall Hobart, Jr., Beebe River. >The Plymouth Record, 1948.


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  • Created by: BL Hughes
  • Added: 16 Nov 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 80547848
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for PFC Philip Gene DuPont (11 Sep 1925–22 May 1945), Find A Grave Memorial no. 80547848, citing Riverside Cemetery, Plymouth, Grafton County, New Hampshire, USA ; Maintained by BL Hughes (contributor 46868943) .