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Da Rugna, Louis

Name and Rank, Fireman First Class Louis Da Rugna.

Unit/Placed in, USS Laffey (DD-459) Destroyer, United States Naval Reserve.


Louis was born approx. on May 5, 1916 in Cook County, Illinois.

Father, Martin Da Rugna.

Mother, Josephine Da Rugna.

Both Parents were born in Italy.

Sisters, Edith, Della and Anna Da Rugna.

Brothers, Junis and Fred Da Rugna.


Louis entered  the service from Illinois with service number # 6681950.


Louis Da Rugna was a Fireman 1th Class in the United States Navy.


Louis was KIA when the USS Laffey was sunk during the Battle of Guadalcanal, on Nov. 13, 1942, he is honored with the Purple Heart, Combat Action Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, Expeditionary Medal, American Campaign Medal, Navy & Marine Presidential Unit Citation, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, WW II Victory Medal.


Louis is buried at Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Manila, Metro Manila, National Capital Region, Philippines.

Walls of the Missing.

He also has a Memorial Grave at Walnut Hill Cemetery

Belleville, St. Clair County, Illinois, USA.


Thanks to Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Laffey_(DD-459) Historynet http://www.historynet.com/uss-laffey-attacked-off-okinawa-in-world-war-ii.htm

Jean Louis Vijgen, WW2-Pacific Website.

Air Force Info, Rolland Swank.

ABMC Website, https://abmc.gov

Marines Info, https://missingmarines.com/    Geoffrey Roecker

Seabees History Bob Smith  https://seabeehf.org/

Navy Info, http://navylog.navymemorial.org

POW Info, http://www.mansell.com    Dwight Rider and Wes injerd.

Philippine Info, http://www.philippine-scouts.org/ Robert Capistrano

National Historian

Navy Seal Memorial,  http://www.navysealmemorials.com

Family Info, https://www.familysearch.org

Info, https://www.pacificwrecks.com/

Medals Info, https://www.honorstates.org


Find a Grave, https://www.findagrave.com

Tank Destroyers, http://www.bensavelkoul.nl/

USS Laffey (DD-459) Destroyer
Painting, The ship that wouldt die
His rank Fireman First Class