Andre Dufresne – Sergeant, United States Army

From a contemporary press report

Andre Dufresne, 78, a veteran of the U.S. and Canadian armies who had served in World War II and the Korean and Vietnam wars, died of lung disease July 31, 2002, at his home in Alexandria, Virginia.

Sergeant Dufresne was born in Montreal. As a soldier in the Canadian army, he  participated in combat operations in Italy during World War II.

After the war, he immigrated to the United States, and in the early 1950s, he joined the U.S. Army. He received a Purple Heart while serving in the Korean War. Later, he served two tours of duty in Vietnam. He retired as a staff sergeant in 1972 and settled in the Washington area.

In retirement, he was a civilian guard at Arlington National Cemetery and a reception officer at Fort Myer.

Survivors include his wife, Marie, of Alexandria; and a daughter, Jill, of Silver Spring.


On Wednesday, July 31, 2002, at home in Alexandria, VA. Beloved husband of Marie L. Dufresne; father of Jill H. Dufresne and her husband, Michael Surgalla. Friends will be received on Tuesday, August 6, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Advent Funeral Services, 7211 Lee Hwy. (at Greenway Blvd.), Falls Church, VA. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, August 29, at 12:45 p.m. at Fort Myer Post Chapel. Interment With Military Honors at Arlington National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Disabled American Veterans, Attn. Gift Processing Department, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250-0301.

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