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Lt. Marion William Dufilho

Lt. Marion William Dufilho

Male 1916 - 1942  (26 years)

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  • Name Marion William Dufilho  [1, 2
    Title Lt. 
    Born 22 May 1916  Opelousas, St Landry, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3, 4
    Gender Male 
    Died 24 Aug 1942  Solomon Islands Find all individuals with events at this location  [5, 6
    Buried Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    • Marion is not actually buried in Arlington as his body was never found after his plane went down in the Solomons.
    • Memorial
    Person ID I416  Hollier & Dufilho
    Last Modified 7 Jan 2018 

    Father John Marie Dufilho,   b. 10 Jul 1874, New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Apr 1964, Opelousas, St Landry, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 89 years) 
    Relationship Natural 
    Mother Anna Catherine Hinckley,   b. 14 Nov 1881, Washington, St Landry, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Mar 1966, Opelousas, St Landry, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years) 
    Relationship Natural 
    Married 20 Mar 1900  Opelousas, St Landry, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
    • Witnesses:
      A. L. Hollier - Arthur Louis Hollier, Lilly Ann's grandfather.
      A. M. Hollier - Adolphe Marshall Hollier. Adolphe married Antoinia Dufilho, John Marie's sister.
      U. L. Hinckley - I think this may be Arthur L. Hinckley, Anna’s brother. It is possible the “U” was incorrectly transcribed. A. L. Hinckley appears as a witness on the marriage license I have from the court house.
      M. J. Dufilho - Maurice Joseph (Jean Marie’s brother)

      ‘Kidnapped,’ Says He After Fifty Years
      [Daily World (Opelousas, Louisiana), 19 March 1950, p. 4] John M. Dufilho figures today it turned out great, even though his wife “just kidnapped” him into marrying her 50 years ago. “I was at a dance,” Mr. Dufilho explained “standing around when all of a sudden a pink rose bud hit me on the chest.
      “That was the beginning of a different courtship and 50 years of married life.”
      Well-known and beloved Mr. and Mrs. Dufilho, who have spent the greater part of their life right here in Opelousas, are celebrating today their anniversary.
      TELLS ALL
      The operating part of this apparent conspiracy admits, that maybe there is something with a twinkle In her eye, to it.
      “I knew he was the one for me the first moment I saw him, and so I set my hat for him,” Mrs. Dufilho confides.
      He was 23 years old and she only 13 when the courtship began.
      “I thought she was just a little girl and didn’t know what she wanted, so I started being nice to her -taking her to dances and all,” he relates.
      WAS HE FOOLED
      He tried to be a guardian to her, introducing her to nice boys, and in reality, trying to find a man for her. But he didn’t know how set she was, until, he didn’t see her for one year
      WRITES HIS MOTHER
      Undaunted, the pretty dark-haired dark-eyed girl, wrote his mother. “That’s when I gave up my idea of wanting to be a bachelor and started, to my amazement, thinking that perhaps married life wouldn’t be too bad.”
      WED IN 1900
      Their wedding was held in the Opelousas Catholic church on March 20. 1900. Mrs. Dufilho was the former Miss Catherine Ann Hinckley, and she had been born in Opelousas Mr. Dufilho. however was born in New Orleans and came to Opelousas in the year 1882, and it is considered a coincidence by the couple, for it was in this very year that Mrs. Dufilho was born.
      “IT WAS FAITH”
      “It was faith-he just had to come to me.” Mrs. Dufilho teased. as she smiled at her husband
      HAD 9 CHILDREN
      They had nine children, seven boys and two girls. One of their boys was killed at Pearl Harbor.
      Mrs. Dufilho on telling about her children, told of a very odd thing that has happened. Two of her children, the oldest and youngest have never seen each other. George, the oldest, went to California when he was about 29 years old; and the baby Gerald, was only a few months old.
      Since then, both have been busy and have never had a chance to visit each other. On this day. with their children, grandchildren (nine), and great-grandchildren (two); this scribe would like to take her hat off to them.
      MET LIFE BRAVELY
      They have met life bravely and hive received its reward of a happy life together. “We’ve always been very close to each other, sharing sorrow and joy alike; and to be truthful we have never stayed away from each other in vexation for even one-half hour, Mrs. Dufilho proudly said.
      CHILDREN
      Their children are: George Dufilho of California, Mrs. Havard Burleigh of Mississippi, John Dufilho, Mrs. Gayheart Shute of Houston. Tex., Louis, Eugene and Gerald Dufilho.

      John Dufilhos are Married 64 years
      [Daily World (Opelousas, Louisiana), 20 March 1964, p. 5]
      Mr. and Mrs. John Dufilho, 332 S. Lombard St., are today observing their 64th wedding anniversary. The couple was married March 20. 1000, at St. Landry Catholic Church In Opelousas.
      The couple will observe the day quietly because Mr. Dufilho has been ill with pneumonia. He was moved last night from St. Landry Clinic to his home so he and Mrs. Dufilho could spend their anniversary together at their home.
      Mr. and Mrs. Dufilho are the parents of six sons and two daughters -- Johnny Dufilho, Louis Dufilho, Peyton Dufilho and Gerald Dufilho all of Opelousas, George Dufilho of Narwalk [Norwalk], Calif., Mrs. Havard Burleigh and Eugene Dufilho, both of Clermont Harbor, Miss., and Mrs. H. A. Russ of Houston, Tex.
      Another son, 1/Lt. [1st Lieutenant] Marlon Dufilho, lost his life In the war.
    Family ID F154  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Marlys May Sharp,   b. 8 May 1919, Promise City, Wayne, Iowa, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Jun 1979, Sacramento, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 60 years) 
    Married Y  [13
    Last Modified 7 Jan 2018 15:48:55 
    Family ID F258  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 22 May 1916 - Opelousas, St Landry, Louisiana, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 24 Aug 1942 - Solomon Islands Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia, USA Link to Google Earth
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    Pin Legend  : Address       : Location       : City/Town       : County/Shire       : State/Province       : Country       : Not Set

  • Photos
    Marion DUFILHO
    Marion DUFILHO
    USS Dufilho
    USS Dufilho
    Marion DUFILHO Naval Academy
    Marion DUFILHO Naval Academy
    DUFILHO Marion (1938)
    DUFILHO Marion (1938)

    Headstones
    Marion DUFILHO Headstone Arlington
    Marion DUFILHO Headstone Arlington

    Death
    Marion Dufilho Death Certificate
    Marion Dufilho Death Certificate

  • Notes 
    • 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.

      "Butch" O'Hare Wingman
      On Febuary 1942, the enemy at Rabaul was determined to locate and sink the U.S. Carrier Lexington and Japanese G4M1 Bettys set out with that end in sight. Alerted to the coming fight, six F4F Wildcats landed on the ''Lady Lex'' to refuel and rearm and six others took to the skies to rid the carrier deck of fully fueled and armed aircraft and to engage the attacking bombers. The fight was bitter.

      When a second wave of enemy bombers appeared, only two aircraft, F4F-3s flown by Lieutenant Edward H. "Butch" O'Hare and Lieutenant (Junior Grade) Marion Dufilho, were between the attackers and the carrier they protected. Dufilho's machine guns froze but O'Hare dove on the eight bombers and downed four; then he aimed at taking out the master bombardier and interrupting the bomb run.

      USS DUFILHO
      The USS DUFILHO (a destroyer escort, DE-423) was launched on 9 March 1944 in honor of Lt. Dufilho.

      (DE-423: dp. 1,350; l. 306'; b. 36'8"; dr. 9'5"; s. 24 k.; cpl. 186; a. 2 5", 3 21" tt., 8 dcp., 1 dcp.(hh.), 2 dct.; cl. John C. Butler)
      Dufilho (DE-423) was launched 9 March 1944 by Brown Shipbuilding Co., Houston, Tex.; sponsored by Mrs. M. W. Dufilho, widow of Lieutenant Dufilho; and commissioned 21 July 1944, Commander A. H. Nienau, USNR, in command.

      Dufilho escorted Vixen (PG-53) with Admiral R. E. Ingersoll, Commander-in-Chief, Atlantic Fleet embarked on a tour of inspection of the Caribbean naval bases between 18 September and 19 October 1944. After a voyage to Casablanca, French Morocco, as escort for Kasaan Bay (CVE-69) from 24 October to 14 November, Dufilho sailed from Norfolk 7 December for the Pacific, arriving at Manus, Admiralty Islands, 15 January 1945.

      Dufilho got underway for Leyte 23 January 1945 but was diverted to Morotai to join the escort for a convoy of 80 LSTs bound with reinforcements of men and supplies for Lingayen Gulf, Luzon. She patrolled there on 9 and 10 February while the men and supplies were unloaded, then sailed to San Pedro Bay, Leyte, 14 February. She continued to escort supply convoys from Morotai and Leyte to Subic Bay and Lingayen Gulf until the 27th when she was assigned to the San Bernardino-Verde Islands Minesweeping unit guarding minecraft as they cleared the sealane to Manila, as well as taking part in naval and amphibious operations along this route. Arriving at Subic Bay 6 March, Dufilho operated on antisubmarine patrol and escort duty.

      Between 26 April and 5 July 1945, Dufilho joined in the Borneo operation, escorting shipping from the Philippines and Mios Woendi to Morotai in preparation for the landings at Tarakan and Brunei Bay in May and June. She convoyed reinforcements to Tarakan, and patrolled off the beaches during the assaults at Brunei Bay, escorted support troops in, and returned with empty landing craft to San Pedro Bay.

      After brief overhaul, Dufilho patrolled out of Leyte on antisubmarine, air-sea rescue, weather reporting and escort duty. On 3 and 4 August 1945 she aided in the rescue of survivors from Indianapolis (CA-35). Following a voyage to Okinawa to convoy LSTs and LSMs to Leyte for repairs, Dufilho sailed from Leyte 6 September and after calling at Okinawa, arrived at Shanghai 22 September. She operated on a variety of duties at port and Hong Kong until 5 January 1946 when she sailed for the west coast. Dufilho arrived at San Diego 12 February and was placed out of commission in reserve 14 May 1946.

      Dufilho was stricken from the inventory on 1 December 1972 and was sold for scrapping on 1 August 1973 by the Defense Reutilizaiton and Marketing Service.

  • Sources 
    1. [S722] U.S., Navy Casualties Books, 1776-1941, Ancestry.com, (Name: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2012;).
      Record for Marion William Dufilho

    2. [S514] "U.S., Headstone Applications for Military Veterans, 1925-1963".
      Record for Marion William Dufilho

    3. [S242] 1930 United States Federal Census, (Date: 1930;).

    4. [S367] United States, Navy Department, Death Certificate, Marion William Dufilho.

    5. [S244] U.S. Rosters of World War II Dead, 1939-1945, record for Marion Dufilho.
      Marion's actual death is one year prior to the date reported by the Navy since they must wait for soldiers missing in action.

    6. [S367] United States, Navy Department, Death Certificate, Marion William Dufilho (Reliability: 4).

    7. [S279] Southwest Louisiana Records (1750-1900), CD-ROM database, Donald J. Hebert, (Name: Hebert Publications; Location: Rayne, Louisiana;).
      DUFILHO, John (Charles & Antoinette DEBAILLON) m. 21 March 1900 Anna HINKLEY (Opel. Ch.: v.3, p.245)

    8. [S354] "St. Landry Parish Marriage Licenses, 1807 - Present", (Location: Opelousas, Louisiana;), no. 27754, John Dufilho and Anna Catherine Hinckley, 1900, recorded license (with original signatures); Opelousas Court House (Reliability: 4).

    9. [S366] Daily World, Opelousas, Louisiana (print edition), (Location: Opelousas, Louisiana;), Sunday, March 19, 1950 edition.

    10. [S393] St. Landry Catholic Church (Opelousas, Louisiana), Marriage Certificates, (Location: Opelousas, Louisiana;), certificate for John Dufilho and Anna Hinkley, married 21 Mar 1900, volume M-3, page 245, number 12 (Reliability: 3).
      Witnesses:
      A. L. Hollier - Arthur Louis Hollier, Lilly Ann's grandfather.
      A. M. Hollier - Adolphe Marshall Hollier. Adolphe married Antoinia Dufilho, John Marie's sister.
      U. L. Hinckley - I think this may be Arthur L. Hinckley, Anna’s brother. It is possible the “U” was incorrectly transcribed. A. L. Hinckley appears as a witness on the marriage license I have from the court house.
      M. J. Dufilho – Maurice Joseph (Jean Marie’s brother).

    11. [S670] Newspapers.com, "John Dufilhos are Married 64 years," Daily World (Opelousas, Louisiana), 20 March 1964, p. 5 (https://www.newspapers.com/image/227891266: accessed 15 October 2017).
      John Dufilhos are Married 64 years
      Mr. and Mrs. John Dufilho, 332 S. Lombard St., are today observing their 64th wedding anniversary. The couple was married March 20. 1000, at St. Landry Catholic Church In Opelousas.
      The couple will observe the day quietly because Mr. Dufilho has been ill with pneumonia. He was moved last night from St. Landry Clinic to his home so he and Mrs. Dufilho could spend their anniversary together at their home.
      Mr. and Mrs. Dufilho are the parents of six sons and two daughters -- Johnny Dufilho, Louis Dufilho, Peyton Dufilho and Gerald Dufilho all of Opelousas, George Dufilho of Narwalk [Norwalk], Calif., Mrs. Havard Burleigh and Eugene Dufilho, both of Clermont Harbor, Miss., and Mrs. H. A. Russ of Houston, Tex.
      Another son, 1/Lt. [1st Lieutenant] Marlon Dufilho, lost his life In the war.


    12. [S366] Daily World, Opelousas, Louisiana (print edition), (Location: Opelousas, Louisiana;), "'Kidnapped,' Says He After Fifty Years," 19 March 1950, p. 4 (Reliability: 2).
      ‘Kidnapped,’ Says He After Fifty Years
      John M. Dufilho figures today it turned out great, even though his wife “just kidnapped” him into marrying her 50 years ago. “I was at a dance,” Mr. Dufilho explained “standing around when all of a sudden a pink rose bud hit me on the chest.
      “That was the beginning of a different courtship and 50 years of married life.”
      Well-known and beloved Mr. and Mrs. Dufilho, who have spent the greater part of their life right here in Opelousas, are celebrating today their anniversary.
      TELLS ALL
      The operating part of this apparent conspiracy admits, that maybe there is something with a twinkle In her eye, to it.
      “I knew he was the one for me the first moment I saw him, and so I set my hat for him,” Mrs. Dufilho confides.
      He was 23 years old and she only 13 when the courtship began.
      “I thought she was just a little girl and didn’t know what she wanted, so I started being nice to her –taking her to dances and all,” he relates.
      WAS HE FOOLED
      He tried to be a guardian to her, introducing her to nice boys, and in reality, trying to find a man for her. But he didn’t know how set she was, until, he didn’t see her for one year
      WRITES HIS MOTHER
      Undaunted, the pretty dark-haired dark-eyed girl, wrote his mother. “That’s when I gave up my idea of wanting to be a bachelor and started, to my amazement, thinking that perhaps married life wouldn’t be too bad.”
      WED IN 1900
      Their wedding was held in the Opelousas Catholic church on March 20. 1900. Mrs. Dufilho was the former Miss Catherine Ann Hinckley, and she had been born in Opelousas Mr. Dufilho. however was born in New Orleans and came to Opelousas in the year 1882, and it is considered a coincidence by the couple, for it was in this very year that Mrs. Dufilho was born.
      “IT WAS FAITH”
      “It was faith—he just had to come to me.” Mrs. Dufilho teased. as she smiled at her husband
      HAD 9 CHILDREN
      They had nine children, seven boys and two girls. One of their boys was killed at Pearl Harbor.
      Mrs. Dufilho on telling about her children, told of a very odd thing that has happened. Two of her children, the oldest and youngest have never seen each other. George, the oldest, went to California when he was about 29 years old; and the baby Gerald, was only a few months old.
      Since then, both have been busy and have never had a chance to visit each other. On this day. with their children, grandchildren (nine), and great-grandchildren (two); this scribe would like to take her hat off to them.
      MET LIFE BRAVELY
      They have met life bravely and hive received its reward of a happy life together. “We’ve always been very close to each other, sharing sorrow and joy alike; and to be truthful we have never stayed away from each other in vexation for even one-half hour, Mrs. Dufilho proudly said.
      CHILDREN
      Their children are: George Dufilho of California, Mrs. Havard Burleigh of Mississippi, John Dufilho, Mrs. Gayheart Shute of Houston. Tex., Louis, Eugene and Gerald Dufilho.


    13. [S814] World War II Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard Casualties, 1941-1945, Ancestry.com, (Name: Ancestry.com Operations Inc; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2007;).
      Record for Marion William Dufilho