Dufresne, Norman Phillip, PFC

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Last Rank
Private First Class
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1950-1950, 4745, 24th Infantry Division
Service Years
1948 - 1950

Private First Class

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
Not Specified

Casualty Date
Jul 30, 1950
Hostile, Died while Missing
Unknown, Not Reported
Korea, South
Korean War
Location of Interment
Saint Cecilia's Cemetery - Leominster, Massachusetts
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

Infantry Shoulder Cord 24th Infantry Division

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
Korean War Fallen
  1950, Korean War Fallen

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 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 1st Award

 Unit Assignments
2nd Battalion, 19th Infantry Regiment24th Infantry Division
  1950-1950, 4745, G Company, 2nd Battalion, 19th Infantry Regiment
  1950-1950, 4745, 24th Infantry Division
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1950-1950 Korean War/UN Defensive (1950)/Battle of Pusan Perimeter
  1950-1950 Korean War
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Pfc. Norman P. Dufresne went missing in action near Chinju, South Korea on 30 July 1950 when the North Koreans launched a massive attack against his unit's position along the Chinju-Hadong Road, west of the Nam River, South Korea.

He remained missing until his remains were identified 19 September 2013, 63 years later. 

He had enlisted in the U.S. Army on 10 February 1948 and was discharged on 21 January 1950. He then re-enlisted on 18 May 1950. 

In Korea, he served with Company G, 2nd Battalion, 19th Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division.

He was awarded the Purple Heart Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, the Korean War Service Medal with one Bronze Service Star, United Nationas Service Medal, Republic of Korea - Korean War Service Medal, Presidential Unit Citation, Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation and the Combat Infantry Badge.

He was interred in St. Cecilia's Cemetery, Florence St., Leominster.


"On Aug. 7, 1951, U.S. Army Graves Registration Service personnel recovered the remains of an unknown U.S. serviceman from the vicinity of the village of Taesu in southern South Korea. Before internment in the UN Cemetery in Tanggok, South Korea, the unidentified remains were analyzed by the U.S. Army Central Identification Unit in Japan. The staff determined that the remains could be those of Pfc. Dufresne, but they could not make a positive identification. The remains were then transferred in 1954 to Hawaii, to be interred at the National Memorial Cemetery in the Pacific.

In 2012, the Central Identification Unit made another attempt at identifying the remains. Thanks to new forensic technology not available in 1950, the CIU was able to identify Pfc. Dufresne.

Throughout the years, the U.S. Department of Defense would hold regular conferences for families of soldiers missing or killed in action. Although Mrs. Weber has always wanted to attend one of these conferences, she never could because work got in the way or they were too far away. That is, until this past September, when one was held in Chicago."

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