You will find on these pages, family members of Daniel DuVal, French Huguenot who came to Virginia in 1701. We honor our family members who served in the Armed Forces throughout our nation’s history.
It is with great appreciation that we acknowledge all DuVal and allied family members who have so generously shared their personal family information.
American Revolutionary War
American Revolutionary War
1775 – 1783
Samuel DuVal (1714-1784) son of Daniel and Philadelphia DuVal was a member of the Committees of Safety and of Correspondence for both Henrico County and the City of Richmond, a delegate to the Virginia Convention in 1775, and 1781 supplied Lafayette’s army with provisions. He was born in, Gloucester County; died in Henrico County, Virginia.
William DuVal (1748-1842) Revolutionary Major, son of Samuel and Lucy Claiborne DuVal served at Williamsburg in the first call for troops and subsequently commanded a company of militia. He was associate council with Patrick Henry in prosecuting claims of Revolutionary soldiers. He was born in, King William County; died; in Buckingham County, Virginia.
Daniel DuVal (1755-1795) son of Samuel DuVal and Lucy Claiborne DuVal, while residing with his father near Richmond, in Henrico County, Virginia, Daniel DuVal was elected Ensign of Captain John Pleasants Virginia Company; he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant and was in the battle of Monmouth, and on August 2, 1779, became Captain of a company of Sappers and Miners. He also served as Assistant Judge Advocate General of the Northern Department; Major and Aide-de-Camp to Generals Lafayette and Von Steuben and as Brevet Lieutenant Colonel commanded a Regiment of Light Infantry at the siege of Yorktown. * This data was obtained from the papers on file in the Revolutionary War claim for pension, W.5069, based upon the military service of Daniel DuVal, in that war.
Andrew Dunscombe (1757-1802) husband of Philadelphia DuVal – daughter of Samuel and Lucy Claiborne DuVal, served as a private during the Revolution from New York, where he was born. He achieved the rank of Major. He died in Richmond, Virginia.
War of 1812
War of 1812 (1812 – 1815)
Daniel DuVal (1767-1850) son of John DuVal of Caroline County, Captain in the War of 1812. In the “Virginia Muster Rolls 1812”, there is a complete list of “Capt. Daniel DuVal’s Company of the Thirtieth Regiment Virginia Militia, commanded by Major Tankersley in War of 1812.”
William Pope DuVal (1784-1854) son of William and Lucy Ann Pope DuVal, was a Captain of Mounted Rangers in the war of 1812. On April 17, 1822 President Monroe appointed William Pope DuVal as the first civil governor of Florida. He died in Washington, D.C. on 19 March 1854.
John Pope DuVal (1791-1855) son of Major William DuVal and Ann Pope, became a First Lieutenant in the U.S. Army serving on the Canadian frontier; he was promoted to Captain, serving in Virginia.
Samuel DuVal Dunscomb (1792-1823) son of Samuel Bedloe and Lucy Claiborne DuVal Dunscomb, migrated from New York City to Logan County Kentucky in time to serve there as a Private in the 10th Reg’t (Barbour’s) Mtd., Kentucky Volunteers. His pay was $8.00 per month and he received a 40 cent per day allowance for his horse. He died of Yellow Fever at age 31.
Texas War for Independence
Texas War for Independence
2 October 1835 to 21 April 1836
John Crittenden DuVal (1816 – 1897) and Burr H. DuVal(1809 – 1836) brothers, sons of William Pope and Nancy Hynes DuVal and descendants of Samuel DuVal, volunteered in 1835 in Kentucky for service in the breakaway provence of Mexico known as Texas. The volunteers made their way down the Mississippi to New Orleans and then to the Texas coast. There, in December 1835, they were accepted into service into the Texas cause. They were ultimately assigned to Col. Fannin’s command in Goliad. Fannin belatedly attempted to reinforce Travis’ garrison at the Alamo but changed his mind and returned to Goliad. After some delay made to join Gen Houston and the rest of the Texan Army but were overtaken by a column of The Mexican Army. They were surrounded in a poor position to defend and were given terms for surrender. Fannin surrendered his command and they were returned to Goliad. A few days later, in violation of the terms of surrender and the rules of war they were marched out of Goliad and massacred. John C. was one of the few that escaped to tell the story of the atrocity. Burr was likely killed in the first volley. Barely a month later Santa Anna, having become disdainful of the Texan forces and their leadership and not considering the rage that he had planted in the army of Gen. Houston by his despotic act at Goliad was defeated and captured on April 21, 1836 at San Jacinto. Texas had begun it’s ten years as a republic. (Written by Kenneth W. Pfeiffer)
American Civil War
American Civil War
1861 – 1865
John Howard Baskette (1829 – 1884) husband of Matilda K. DuVal, descendant of Samuel DuVal, was a Colonel of the 68th regiment of Tennessee Militia of Coffee County, appointed by General I.Z.T. Maury, Brig. General.
William James W. Duval (1830-1911) b. Henrico Co., Virginia. Daniel II descendant. Youngest son of John A. and Joanna Moon Duval. Served as 1st Lieutenant in Company D, 38 Regiment – Tennessee Infantry (aka Looney’s Regiment 8 Tennessee Infantry). August 1861 – May 1862.
Harvie Sheffield DuVal (1832-1910) was the youngest child of John Pope and Ann Fouchee Tebbs DuVal and was commissioned a Lieutenant in the Confederate army.
Claiborne Alexander DuVal (1832 -1906) son of Alexander De La Plaunche DuVal and Margaret Gwin, was in the battle of Jackson and also as Field Surgeon in the battle of Vicksburg, rendering valiant and distinguished service.
Samuel Claude DuVal (1834-1900) Descendant of Samuel DuVal. Enlisted as Sgt. in Company K, 6th California Infantry Regiment in 1863. Discharged at wars end as 1st Sgt.
Three DuVal Brothers
Thomas Isaac DuVal (b.abt 1835-1863) [on left in picture] son of James and and Lydia Russell DuVal, was a private in Captain Kelsy McDowell’s company, 3rd Regiment, Missouri Infantry. He died in the battle of Baker’s Creek,(Champion Hill) Mississippi on 14 May 1863 during the Vicksburg Campaign.
Henderson DuVal (1838-1863) son of James and Lydia DuVal, enlisted in the same company as his brothers and died in the battle of Baker’s Creek,(Champion Hill) Mississippi on 14 May 1863 during the Vicksburg Campaign.
William Russell DuVal (1836-1862) [on right in picture] son of James and Lydia DuVal, was first lieutenant in Captain McDowell’s company, the same company in which his two brothers served. William enlisted on or about December 10, 1861. William died at the battle of Corinth, Mississippi on 3 October 1862, planting the flag on top of the Union breastworks. Just as he shouted “Victory” he was killed.
“The brothers enrolled at the call of the governor for 50,000 men for six months.They enlisted in the Missouri State Guard, fighting at Carthage, Wilson’s Creek, and Lexington.They then joined the Confederate army in December of 1861, fighting at Belmont, Missouri and Pea Ridge, Arkansas. Russell DuVal died at Corinth planting the flag on top of the Union breastworks. Just as he shouted “Victory”, he was killed. Henderson and Thomas Isaac died at Baker’s Creek (Champion Hill) during the Vicksburg Campaign.” (Article and pictures from North & South:The Magazine of Civil War Conflict, vol. 2, no. 5 – written by William Garrettt Piston and Thomas P. Sweeney.)
William Anthony DuVal (1833 – 1863) son of William Jennings and Catherine Waddy DuVal enlisted in the First Texas Infantry, Hoods Brigade Army in May 1861. William was killed at the Battle of Gettysburg on 2 July 1863 during the battle of Little Round Top.
Thomas Calthorpe Howard (1838 – 1865)son of Sarah Catherine DuVal and William Henry Howard,Captain in the Confederate army on staff of General William Steele….said to have served as Capt., CSA, on staff of Gen. William Steele, he is not mentioned by Crute, CSO; CICS, roll 253, however, confirms that Thomas C. Howard did serve as Lieut. and adjutant of the 7th Texas Cav., CSA; this was the Regt.commanded by Col. (later Brig. Gen.) William Steele; d.s.p. (Grabowskii, 241; Simpson, 134).
Joseph Dabney DuVal (1840 – 1886) son of William Jennings and Catherine Waddy DuVal, also enlisted in the First Texas Infantry, Hood’s Brigade Army in May 1861. He was injured two months after enlisting and was discharged at Richmond, VA with a surgeon’s certificate of disability.
William DuVal Howard (1840 – 1862) son of Sarah Catherine DuVal and William Henry Howard, killed in the second battle of Manassas, Lieutenant with Lee on the frontier, fighting Indians before the Civil War….said to have served on frontier as Indian-fighter ante-bellum; served in CSA; He was killed from wounds received at the 2nd Battle of Manassas and buried at Stone Church, Centreville, VA (Grabowskii, 241).
John M. Pilcher (1841-1924) husband of Mary Lucy DuVal, entered the military service of the Confederate States, serving in Company D, Second Regiment, Local Defense Troops, from May, 1863 to April, 1865.
Burr Grayson DuVal (1842 – 1893) son of Thomas Howard DuVal and Laura Peyton DuVal and grandson of William Pope DuVal, was not quite 20 years old in the fall of 1862 when he received a commission to the Confederate Service as first lieutenant and aide-de-camp to General William S. Steele. On 20 September 1864, received the rank of Captain.
Charles Henry Howard (1842 – 1877) son of Sarah Catherine DuVal and William Henry Howard, captain with Terry Rangers in the Civil War…served as a private, Co. F, 8th Texas Cav., C.S.A., a famous regt. known as “Terry’s Texas Rangers,” which Crute describes as “one of the hardest fighting cavalry units in the war”; m. Louise Zimperman; “he was killed by Mexicans in 1877”). [Grabowskii, 241, who erroneously gives his rank as capt.; CICS, roll 253; CRUTE, UCSA, 327328).
Samuel DuVal Dunscomb (1844-1898) descendant of Samuel DuVal, served as Private in both Company K, 5th Missouri Infantry (CSA) and Co. B 1st Battalion Missouri Infantry (CSA)
Isacc Adams Howard (1845 – 1863)son of Sarah Catherine DuVal and William Henry Howard, killed at the battle of Gettysburg, Company B, 5th Texas Rangers with Lee….Grabowskii, p. 241, gives a very garbled entry: “killed at the battle of Gettsyburg, Company B, 5th Texas Rangers. With Lee. Born 1845, died 1865.” He was undoubtedly the “J.A. Howard” [sic: “J.” and “I” were often difficult to distinguish in 19th cent. script] who enlisted as a private in Co. B., 5th Tex. Inf., CSA, which was mustered into service on September 30, 1861; thus he presumably fought at the Seven Days, 2nd Manassas, Antietam, and Fredericksburg, being promoted to cpl. on November 7, 1862; he was k. in Hood’s celebrated attack on the Peach Orchard and Round Tops at Gettysburg on July 2, 1863, “while charging enemy with colors”). [Grabowskii 241; Simpson, 181, 185; CICS, roll 253; KRICK, 64].
William Irvin Purkins (1846 -1926) descendant of William DuVal, Civil War 32nd Virginia Regiment under command of Col E.B. Montague,Semes Brigade of McLaws Division, Fredricksburg, VA. The regiment was in Corse’s Brigade-Picketts Division of Longstreets Corps. The brigade consisted of the 15th, 17th, 30th and 32nd at Gettsburg. In May 1864, the 32nd was at Petersburg and Richmond. In 1865 at Appomatox, the 32nd was assigned to the courthouse for the surrender to the Union army. Upon the release from duties, William walked home to Petersburg where his mother and uncle were waiting. He begged for food at people’s back doors and slept in barns when he could. He kept a diary of this experience.
Nathaniel Pope Howard (1847 – 1867)son of Sarah Catherine DuVal and William Henry Howard, fought in the Civil War with Magruder, died of malaria contracted during the War….said by Grabowskii to have served in CSA under Cen. [John B.] Magruder; d.s.p. “of malaria contracted during the war”). [GRABOWSKII, 24; I can find no independent confirmation for Grabowskii ‘s claim of Confederate military service; CICS, roll 253, lists a N.P. Howard, but identifies him as a surgeon; it also lists a “Nathan Howard,” (private, Co. K, 18th Tex. Cav., CSA, and a “N. Howard (Co. B., Confederate Engineer Troops”)
Seth Alexander DuVal (abt. 1847 -1935) son of Stephen and Susan Halsey DuVal, served in the Confederate Army in the cavalry, under General William Lee, son of Robert E. Lee. He took part in the following engagements; Wilderness, Spotsylvania Court House, Battle of North Anna, Haw Shop, White Stiven, Ring’s Station and Hatcher’s Run. He was detailed as a scout for General Early, following the battle of Haw Shop.
Alexander DuVal McNairy (1840 – 1901) descendant of Samuel DuVal, 3rd Lt., Company B, 20th Tennessee Infantry. “He commanded a company of independent scouts known as the “Swannee Rifles” and fought at Fishing Creek and Shiloh; they later organized a battalion of partisan cavalry, which operated behind Union lines in Tennessee. They operated between the Cumberland and Tennessee Rivers in Tennessee during 1862 and 1865. He was considered the terror of the Federal Army. His gang specialized in the harassment of railroad workers. On 18 Oct 1864 the track workers were captured by McNairy and his men between Sneedville and White Bluff (now Dickson). Three days later the bushwhackers burned all the dwellings and worker’s huts on the railroad.” (“Ghosts by Daylight” 1893).
Spanish American War
Spanish American War
25 April 1898 – 10 December 1898
Charles DuVal Roberts (1873-1966) son of Ann Rollins DuVal and Cyrus Swan Roberts, graduated from West Point in 1897 and with honors from the Army School of the Line, 1912, Army Staff College, 1913, Army War College, 1920. Commissioned Second Lieutenant, Infantry, 11 June 1897, and advanced through the grades to Brigadier General, February 29.1929. He retired from active duty on 18 June 1937. During his career he was awarded the Medal of Honor. He earned the Medal of Honor on 1 July 1898 while serving as Second Lieutenant, 17th United States Infantry, at El Canney, Cuba, during the Spanish American War. He died on 24 October 1966 at Silver Spring,MD, and was buried with full military honors in Section 2 of Arlington National Cemetery.
Arlington National Cemetery Website
World War I
World War I
1914 – 1918
Robert Cammack DuVal Jr. (1886-1959) twin son of Robert Cammack DuVal and Judith Dabney Billingsley, was a First Lieutenant in the 318th Infantry, 80th Division in the first World War. He was severely wounded in action in the Meuse-Argonne offensive of September-October, 1918.
John Billingsley DuVal (1886-1980) twin son of Robert Cammack and Judith DuVal, was a First Lieutenant in the Coast Artillery Corps.
William Joseph DuVal (1872 – ? ) son of Hardy M.C. DuVal and Elizabeth E. Moberly, was appointed United States explosive inspector for Kansas, by President Wilson. On 29 April 1935 he was appointed by Governor Ruby Lafoon of Kentucky as Aide-de-Camp with the rank and grade of Colonel.
Alvin Kelley Baskette (1873- 1963) descendant of Samuel DuVal, entered service as Private in the 1st Tennessee Volunteer Infantry, 19 May 1898. Detailed Captain, Quartermaster Corps, 13 Feb 1913, Sailed for France, June of 1918 with 29th Division. Commanding 1st Salvage Depot, St. Pierre des Corps, near Tours, France until January 1919. Presented with Distinguished Service Medal for this service.
Charles DuVal Roberts (1873-1966) descendant of Samuel DuVal, earned the Croix de Guerre (France) and Officer of the Order of Leopold (Belgium) medals in World War I.
Edward Alexander DuVal (1890-1966) third son of Robert Cammack and Judith DuVal, was a member of the 42nd (Rainbow) Division, saw active service in France, and was in the Army of Occupation in Germany after the Armistice.
DuVal Lane Purkins (1891-1972) descendant of William DuVal, native of Hope, Arkansas, enlisted in the Army and served two months in France. Upon his return he practiced law in 1923 and became city attorney in Warren, AR.
Claiborne Alexander DuVal (1891-1977) son of Easton DuVal and Eugenie Dodson, was a Captain in World War I.
Harry Gordon DuVal (1892-1975) fourth son of Robert Cammack and Judith DuVal, after several months of service at Camp Lee, Virginia, was released because of a physical disability, but later rendered valuable service with the army draft boards in Richmond.
Duval G. West, II (1893-1939) descendant of Samuel DuVal, was a Captain in the United States Army in France.
Paul A. DuVal (1895-1970) son of Samuel Stephens DuVal and Daisy May Robins, enlisted in the navy and served until his discharge at the close of World War I.
Easton William Duval (1896 -1976) son of Easton DuVal and Eugenie Dodson, was an observer/bomber in the air corps.
Ascham James DuVal (1899-1984) fifth son of Robert Cammack and Judith DuVal, was a member of the Students Army Training Corps at the University of Richmond when the Armistice was signed, being too young for active service with troops.
Miles DuVal (1896 -1991) son of Miles and Minnie Chalkley DuVal, graduated U.S. Naval Academy, Class 1919. Served U.S.S. Nevada, U.S.S. Wright, U.S.S. Isherwood, U.S.S. Saratoga.
World War II
World War II
7 Dec 1941 – 14 Aug 1945
Claiborne Alexander Duval (1891 – 1977) descendant of Samuel DuVal, was a Colonel in World War II
Rufus King Lassiter(1892 – 1968) The grandson of Oliver DuVal Moore. Rufus enlisted in the Army Air Corps the next day after Pearl Harbor was attacked. He served as a Major in the Pacific Campaign. He was on the island of New Guinea in the Phillipines.
John P. Kile (1911-1971) descendant of Daniel DuVal II, enlisted in the Army after Pearl Harbor was attacked in 1941. He was about 30 at the time. He served in the China-Burma-India region during the war. He rose to the rank of First Lieutenant, and received the Bronze Star for heroic and meritorious service from 3 July 1944 to 7 September 1944. Later, he also served in the Korean Conflict, after which he was discharged from the Army.
Stanwood Richardson Duval (1913- 2001) descendant of Samuel DuVal, Major Duval, USMC(R), enlisted in the Marine Corps on 8 June 1942 with his brother Claude (T.T.) Berwick Duval. They attended reserve officers training school at Quantico, VA where they were commissioned on 31 October 1942 as Second Lieutenants. He has written an amazing memorial of World War II and has dedicated it to the 3298 officers and enlisted men of the Fourth Marine Division who gave their lives in the battles of Roi-Namur, Saipan, Tinian and Iwo Jimo.
Claude Berwick Duval (1914 -1986) descendant of Samuel DuVal, Lt. Col. Duval, USMC(R), served with the 1st and 3rd Battalions, 23rd Marine Regiment of the 4th Marine Division. He and his brother landed in the assault waves in the seizure and capture of the islands of Saipan, Tinian and Iwo Jima.
George Clinton Pyne, Jr. (1914 -1996) descendant of Benjamin, grandson of Mary Lucy DuVal, was a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Reserves from 1936 until 1942 when he was called into active service in February 1942. He had overseas service with the Third Army Air Force in the European Theatre of Operations (North Africa, Italy, France) until November 1944, receiving five battle stars. He served at McDill Field, Tampa, Florida, until the end of the war.
James Minetree Pyne (1917 – 1994) descendant of Benjamin, grandson of Mary Lucy DuVal, rose from Private to Major in the United States Infantry between 1942 and 1946. He was assigned to the European Theatre of Operations as a member of the Eightieth Division, a part of Patton’s Third Army. He was twice decorated (bronze star with oak leaf cluster) for heroic service in combat.
Julian Brite Hays (1918 – 2009) descendant of Benjamin, he enlisted 12 Nov 1942. He received training in radio operation and mechanics at Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He served as Staff Sergeant with the 503rd Fighter Squadron of the 8th Air Force. He was stationed in England from where his squadron took part in the battles and campaigns of Normandy; Northern France, Rhineland; Central Europe, and Ardennes; Air Offensive. He was discharged 23 Sep 1945.
Glen Norman Williams (1918 – 2009) 1st Lt. AAF descendant of Daniel Duval II. He enlisted 21 Jan 1942 at Ft. Leavenworth, KS. Following Basic Training at March Field he was assigned to the Signal Corps. He served as 1st Sergeant of the 656th Signal Aircraft Warning Co., Hamilton Field, CA. It operated Radar installations up and down the California coast.He completed AAF Officers Candidate School, Miami, Fl, May 1944 as a 2nd Lieutenant AAF then to Staff & Command School, Warner-Robins, GA. Upon graduation he was transferred to Sacramento Air Service Command, McClellan Field and assigned to Adjutant Generals Office as Acting Asst. Adjutant General. In Feb.1945 reassigned to 558th Air Service Group as Headquarters Squadron Adjutant and promoted to 1st Lt. He served with the 8th Air Force in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater at Kadena Air Base in Okinawa. Returned to the U.S.26 Jan 1946. Separated from Service at Fort Logan, CO.
Thomas Arthur Wilkinson (1919 – 2006 ) descendant of William, served in the Air Force in Italy during 1944 – 1945 in the squadron section, and stateside during 1943.
Robert Norman Baskette (1920 – 2011) descendant of Samuel DuVal, served in the Army Infantry 80th Division, 3rd Army, Company A, 318th Infantry, 9 October 1941 through 29 October 1945. He was awarded the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star as well as Good Conduct,Europlan American Middle Eastern Campaign, American Campaign, Army of Occupation, American Defense Medal for Foreign Service.
Henry Adams Davis (1920 – 2008) descendant of Samuel DuVal, 1st Lt. attached to the 9th Army Air Force at Normandy Beach. After the battle of St. Lo, assigned with the 29th Tactical Air Command under the 9th U.S. Army. He spent the winter of 1944-45 in Hasselt, Belgium during the Battle of the Bulge. Put up the longest span of cables across the Rhine River while in command of Company “A”. Stationed in Germany at the end of the war, began trip to Pacific Theater, signed up for Army of Occupation in Germany and served there until 6 June 1946. Retired as Major U.S. Army Reserve in an Airborne Unit.
Stewart Easton Duval (1921 – 2008 ) descendant of Samuel DuVal, was in the army in World War II and was the first to land on many islands in the Pacific as an observer. He is also an artist and brought back many drawings and pictures of the Pacific War. He was in Japan waiting to come home and his father showed up and said “let’s go home”. His father, Claiborne A Duval, was in charge of the troop ship and Stewart did not know that he was anywhere around that area!
Easton William Duval, Jr. (1921 – 1944) descendant of Samuel DuVal, was a pilot and was shot down and killed in Yugoslavia.
John Stockton Du Val (1921 – 1994) descendant of Benjamin DuVal, U. S. Marine Corps, participated in the Marshall Islands Operation, Gilbert Islands Operation and the Western Carolina Operation. Honorably discharged December 8, 1945.
Patricia A. Sutton (1923 – 1986) wife of John Stockton Du Val, served in the women’s Marine corps at Santa Barbara, California. Honorably discharged 9 October 1945.
Hugh Powhatan Duval Jr. (1923 – ) descendant of Daniel DuVal II, was assigned to the 451st Bomb Group, sent to Fremont, Nebraska to teach air crews armament training. He was then sent to Italy with the 15th Air Corp for over two years and was discharged in September of 1945.
Jack H. Thacker (1921 – 2009 ) Lt. Col, USAF descendant of Samuel DuVal, served during 3 wars, but did not see combat action in the Korean and Vietnam conflicts. He flew on 30 bombardment missions in B-24s against Japanese targets as Gunnery Officer of the 400th Squadron and later of the 90th Bomb Group during WW II. He participated in 9 campaigns and was awarded the Air Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Cluster.
Miles Kelly Thacker (1923 – 1944)Cpl, USMC, descendant of Samuel DuVal, participated in two invasions: Empress Augusta Bay (Bougainville) and Guam. He was killed on Guam, 22 Jul 1944. He was awarded the Purple Heart Medal.
Roger DuVal Baskette, Sr. (1924 – 2012) descendant of Samuel DuVal, was inducted in the United States Army on July 20, 1943. He was assigned to the 90th Chemical Mortar Battalion attached to III Corps, under General Van Fleet, United States First Army. His training camps/bases were Camp Rucker, Alabama. Advanced training at Fort Bragg, North Carolina and Fort Fisher, North Carolina and maneuvers with the 78th Infantry Division at A.P. Hill, Virginia. Roger was part of the European Theatre or Operation, England, France, Belgium and Nuremburg, Germany. He took part in the battles at Rhineland and Central Europe including Battle of Ruhr Pocket and Remagen Bridgehead. His awards and medals are as follows: American Service Medal, American Defense Medal, European-African and Middle East Medal with 2 Battle Stars, Good Conduct Medal, Victory Medal, Rifle Marksman Medal. He was separated from the United States Army on 2 Feb 1946 at Fort McPherson, Georgia.
Lewis F. DuVal (1927 – 2001) USN(R), descendant of Benjamin DuVal, enlisted 26 December 1944, discharged 23 July 1946 as RDM 3rd class. Served on board USS Oracle AM103 – USS Dundlin AM361 and USS Adams DM27. He was awarded the following medals – WW2 Victory, American Campaign, Asiatic Pacific Campaign, Navy Occupation Service medal with clasp “ASIA” and China Service medal.
This picture of the USS Oracle was donated in memory of Ensign James E. Hansen who served on the USS Oracle from October 6, 1943 until he was discharged on February 18, 1946 by his very proud son, Jim Hansen
The Korean War
1950 – 1953
Raymond Pegram DuVal (1928 – ) descendant of Benjamin, served in the United States Army, April 3,1951 to May 31, 1974. He served in Korea 1953 – 1954 with the 724th Railway Operating Battalion. (For continuation – see Vietnam War)
Bennett Ernest Duval (1931 – ) descendant of Daniel II, served in the Korean War as a Lt. in the Navy. He spent two years on active duty and was stationed aboard the USS Yorktown when they signed the armistice ending the war.
Joseph Emory, descendant of Daniel II, served in the Korean War as a 1st Class Electrician’s Mate. He was on the Ticonderoga.
Bobby Dean Snow, descendant of Samuel. Bob served in the National Guard and on board the USS Southerland during the Korean War
1964 – 1973
Raymond Pegram DuVal (1928 – ) descendant of Benjamin, served in Vietnam, on his first tour in Danang as a 1st Sergeant of the 504 Movement Control Group. Served another tour in Vietnam 1970 – 1971 in Cam Ran Bay as NCOIC of the Transportation Division of Support Command. He reached and retired with the rank of Command Sergeant Major. Some of his decorations are: Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Four Army Commendation Medals, Korean Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal, National Defense Medal with with one Oak Leaf Cluster, Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal and Aircraft Crewmans Badge.
William R. Warren (1939 – ) Col. USMC (R) descendant of Samuel DuVal, joined the Marines in 1958 and was commissioned via the Platoon Leaders Class program in 1961. He served as an infantry officer and retired as a colonel. During his career, Bill specialized in reconnaissance and special operations. He served three tours in Viet Nam. He was a platoon leader and company commander with the 1st Reconnaissance Battalion/First Force Reconnaissance Company/5th Reconnaissance Battalion and an advisor to the 6th Infantry Battalion of the Vietnamese Marine Division. Bill served as the Marine Corps’ representative to Special Forces, a member of the U.S. Army Airborne Board and a charter member of the Joint Special Operation Command. His final duty station was the Marine Corps Recruit Depot at Parris Island, South Carolina.
John DuVal (1946 – ) son of John (Jack) Stockton DuVal, served in the United States Army, September 1967 through June 1970 in Vietnam, February 1968 through February 1969 with the 4th Infantry Division at Pleiku.
Kenneth Ward Pfeiffer (1946- ) Descendant of Samuel DuVal. Served as rifleman and machine gunner with Company C, 1st Battalion (Airborne) 327th Infantry, 1st Brigade (Separate) 101st Airborne Division from August 1966 to August 1967. Participated in numerous heliborne assaults and one parachute operation throughout the three northern war zones. Returned to U.S. to serve at Ft. Campbell and Ft. Bragg with the 82nd Airborne Division until discharge as an E-5 in January 1969. Joined the Texas Army National Guard in April 1974. Commissioned as a second lieutenant through Officer Candidate School in June 1975. Served in various command and staff assignments in the 49th Armored Division including mechanized infantry platoon leader, company commander, battalion commander and division G-5. Completed career as Deputy Director, Logistics for the Adjutant General of Texas, retiring as a Colonel in May 1998. Numerous awards and decorations including the Purple Heart, Combat Infantryman’s Badge and Parachutists Wings.
The Gulf War
The Gulf War
1990 – 1991
William R. Warren II, Captain USMC (R) descendant of Samuel DuVal, was commissioned into the regular Marine Corps via the NROTC program at Georgia Tech in 1988. He then attended The Basic School and Communications Officer School at Quantico, Virginia. After graduation he was assigned to the 2nd Surveillance, Reconnaissance and Intelligence Group located at Camp Lejune, North Carolina. Captain Warren saw service with the 4th Marine Brigade during the Gulf War. He was medically retired in 1994.