BG Victor A. De Fiori

  • Born: December 20, 1928
  • Died: June 8, 2013
  • Location: Columbia, South Carolina

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Columbia, SC 29205
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Tribute & Message From The Family

COLUMBIA - A Funeral Mass for Brigadier General Victor A. De Fiori, 84, will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. Friday, June 14, 2013, at St. Peter's Catholic Church. Burial will be in Ft. Jackson National Cemetery. The Rosary will be recited at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, June 13, 2013, at Dunbar Funeral Home, Devine Street Chapel. Visitation will be 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. with a Vigil Service at 6:30 p.m.

BG De Fiori died Saturday, June 8, 2013. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., he was the son of the late Vittorio E. and Henrietta Pastore De Fiori. After graduating from the University of Notre Dame Law School, he spent his 27 year military career in the Judge Advocate General's Corps, including tours of duty in Korea and Vietnam as a judge advocate.

He rose through the JAG corps hierarchy serving as an assistant judge advocate at Fort Devens, Massachusetts. He was assigned to the American Forces Far East where he served with the Judge Advocate Sections of 8th U.S. Army in Korea and Central Command in Japan. He also served as Chief in the Military Affairs Division, JA Section, 1st Calvary Division. He served in several positions at Ft. Sam Houston including Chief in the Military Justice Division and Assistant SJA Military Affairs Division. Assigned from 1962 – 1965 to the U.S. Army Communications Zone, Europe, in France, he served in the JA Division.

After completing the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College in 1966, he became the Staff Judge Advocate, 101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, Kentucky, and continued in that position when the division redeployed to Vietnam in December 1967. In 1970, he was selected to attend the U.S. Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania. After graduation in 1971, he served three years as Director for Legislation and Selected Policies, Office of the Deputy Assistance Secretary of Defense in Washington, DC. Assigned to duty at the U.S. Army Legal Services Agency, Falls Church, Virginia, in June 1974, he served as Chief, Defense Appellate Division. In May 1975, he assumed the position of Executive, Office of The Judge Advocate General, Department of the Army.

After being promoted to Brigadier General in 1975, he assumed duties as the Judge Advocate, U.S. Army, Europe and Seventh Army. In this position, BG De Fiori was the top Army lawyer in Europe and had overall responsibility for the delivery of legal services to all commanders, their staffs, and an American population of more than 500,000. Following this assignment in Heidelberg, Germany, BG De Fiori returned to Washington, D.C., where he took command of the U.S. Army Legal Services Agency, and assumed duties as Chief Judge, U.S. Army Court of Criminal Review. In this important position, BG De Fiori was the senior judge on the Army's criminal appellate court and had overall responsibility for the administration of military justice in the Army.

BG De Fiori retired from active duty on September 1, 1979. Following his military career, he served as Associate Dean at the University of South Carolina Law School for ten years.

His military decorations included the Distinguished Service Medal (the top Army medal for service), two Legions of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Senior Parachutist Badge, Vietnamese Parachutist Badge, and Vietnamese Gallantry Cross with Bronze Star. His Bar memberships included Supreme Court of Indiana, U.S. Supreme Court and U.S. Court of Military Appeals.

BG De Fiori is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Dorothy "Dode"; eight children, Vic De Fiori, Jr. of Nassau Bay, Texas, Mark and Janet De Fiori of Cypress, Texas, Kathy and Rick Leone of Fairfax, VA, Terry and Ron Kennon of Oak Island, N.C., Julie and Jeremy Olson of Boerne, Texas, Steven De Fiori of Columbia, CeCe and Jeff Moody of Freeport, FL, and Gina Mohler of Nashville, TN; nineteen grandchildren, Joshua, Christie, Chris, Matthew, Monica, Cassie, Kim, Kristin, Julia, Keith, Allen, Shelli, Jessica, Starrlyn, Christina, Sydney, Cece, Michael, Gemma; and twelve great-grandchildren, Brittnay, Joshua, Noah, Anthony, Summer, Aiden, Lyla, Ava, Hailey, Caleb, Cole, and Kaelynn.

Among the children, grandchildren and their spouses, military service to our nation continues with eleven family members serving in four branches of the Armed Services.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Steven Madden and the oncology staff at Lexington Hospital.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Peter's Catholic Church Endowment Fund, 1529 Assembly Street, Columbia, SC 29201, the Wounded Warrior Project, 4899 Belfort Road, Suite 300, Jacksonville, FL 32256 or the American Cancer Society, 128 Stone Mark Lane, Columbia, SC 29210.

Condolence & Memory Journal

My father was from Brooklyn and is burried in Calverton national cementary in Long Island New York, I am proud to serve in the United States Army and was 1st enlisted in 1987. May the Lord bless you and your family.

Posted by Matthew S Tucci - Fort Drum, NY - a respected Soldier in the Army   July 17, 2013

It's been a long time since we served together in France and swapped a bit of babysitting. He was Major DeFiori then, and I called him "Sir". To me he was the epitome of the perfect Army JAG. Knowledgeable, businesslike, mission-oriented, yet friendly and pleasant. It was wonderful to hear of his promotion to BG, one of those cases in which I was confident that it was merit rather than politics.

But it is just so sad to hear of his untimely passing. Our hearts go out to you, Dode.

Burnie and Kathy

Posted by Burnett Radosh    July 17, 2013

Our heartfelt thoughts, prayers and deepest sympathy are with you and your family at this time of sadness.

Jim & Wendy Carlson

Posted by Wendy & Jim Carlson - Columbia, SC   June 18, 2013

My thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Mr. De Fiori.

Posted by Donna Hayhoe - Columbia, SC - None   June 14, 2013


Peace and Love to you all in this time of sorrow. You are in my prayers!!

Posted by Vera Stewart - VA   June 14, 2013

To our good friend Josh and your family, Please, know that we are very sorry for your loss of your Grandfather. I am certain that the presence of his soul on this earth, has been a blessing for all that he interacted with while he was with us. My thoughts and prayers are with you, Josh.

Posted by Richard & Angie Baughman - Elgin, SC - Friend   June 13, 2013

I feel blessed and honored to have known such a wonderful man. He was always kind, helful and sincere in all his actions. He has touched so many lives including mine and will be sorely missed. Nothing could ever change the love and respect I have for Victor DeFiori.

Posted by Lynn DeFiori - Lexington, SC   June 13, 2013

Our hearts are very heavy for your loss. We know that the Lord is with you all through this difficult time in your lives.

Posted by Jean (Shaffer) Duncan and Bruce Duncan    June 12, 2013

Dode, I'm so sorry to hear of your husband's death. I know you and your family will miss him very much! My heart and prayers are with you all. Cherish all those wonderful memories. Fondly, Jackie

Posted by Jackie Van Besien - Columbia, SC - friend (and fellow SMC grad)   June 12, 2013

I had the privilege of serving under BG De Fiori in Germany in 1974. He was an inspiration to all who had the honor of serving with him. I remember personally meeting him in Garmisch, at the annual JAG conference. Although I was a captain ,he greeted me warmly and made a lasting impression on me. BG De Fiori was a great soldier, attorney, scholar and man. May God bless his family.

Posted by Craig C. Jacobsen, Col. Ret - Live Oak, FL   June 12, 2013

To all of you:

I am so very sorry to hear of the passing of Vic, but remember what has been written:
1 Thessalonians 4:1314
And now, dear brothers and sisters, we want you to know what will happen to the believers who have died so you will not grieve like people who have no hope. For since we believe that Jesus died and was raised to life again, we also believe that when Jesus returns, God will bring back with him the believers who have died. (NLT)

You will be in our hearts and prayers,

Love you,

Mary, Bob and the boys

Posted by Mary (Shaffer) and Bob Creekmore - Cleveland, TN - Relation through marriage   June 12, 2013

My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family at this time of tremendous loss.

Sandra Gorse

Posted by Sandra Gorse - Evans, GA - friend   June 12, 2013

It was my pleasure to serve under Gen DeFiori when he was the JA in Europe. I ran the Claims Service in Mannheim.
In addition to being a real gentleman at all times, I remember each time he edited some of my work, I would think, wonderful, why didn't I write it that way to begin with.
A great boss and always 100% ethical and competent.

Posted by Robert D.(Dean) Hamel - San Antonio, TX - Retired Army JAG   June 12, 2013


My heart goes out to your family at this time loss, but thanks to Christ it is not goodbye, but only until you all meet again on the streets of Heaven.

Posted by Teresa Turner - West Columbia, SC   June 12, 2013

Our prayers and sympathies are with you all during this sad time.

Amy Ditolla

Posted by Amy Ditolla - West Columbis, SC   June 12, 2013

Dear Dode and Family,
Our deepest sympathy to you and your family, Dode. We are saddened by the loss of Vic.

Posted by Podie and Hal Brunton - West Columbia, SC - USC friends   June 11, 2013

Vic was one of my first golfing buddies when Joan and I came to Columbia in 2000. We had a weekly game, which created many good memories, especially the "war" stories we shared. He will be missed by all who knew him.

Posted by Jack Moye - West Columbia, SC - friend   June 11, 2013


Our deepest sympathy on the loss of your loved ones. May God's Peace and Comfort be with you all during your time of grief. May you father be rejoicing at the Banquet of Heaven.

Posted by Lonnie & Dorothy Morris - San Antonio, TX - Friends to Julie and Jeremy   June 11, 2013

To the Defiori Team -- Our thoughts and prayers remain with you all.

The Bednareks

Posted by MICK BEDNAREK - Bagdad - Family Friend   June 11, 2013

Sending my families condolences to the De Fiori family. His grand daughter Kim spoke very highly of him on occasion through our service together. BG De Fiori served our nation with distinct honor and I'm sure will be missed by many. He paved a strong patriotic foundation that any service member and veteran can appreciate.

Posted by Kim Forgione - El Paso, TX - None   June 11, 2013

Julie, Jeremy and Family:
We are so sorry for your loss and are praying that God will comfort you all as you walk through this very sad and difficult time.
Kerry and Brenda

Posted by Kerry and Brenda Kennedy - San Antonio, TX - Friend   June 11, 2013

Kathy, Rick, CeCe and Gemma,
I was so sorry to hear about your loss. My thoughts and prayers will be with you during this very sad time. If I can do anything to help you now or when you return to Virginia, please let me know. May God keep you in the palm of his hand.


Posted by Linda Boone - Annandale, VA - Family friend   June 10, 2013

May God Bless and Keep you in his Holy Kingdom. Bless the family in this time of sorrow.

Posted by John W Call Jr - Camp Henry, Taegu, Korea - Father-in-Law to Monica Walser   June 10, 2013

Dear Julie, Jeremy and Family,

Our deepest sympathy in the loss of your beloved Dad. What a distinguished military career he had! Julie, always know what a blessing you've been to both your Dad and your Mom during the past week and a half. God has surely welcomed him to his new Heavenly home with open and loving arms. You all remain in our prayers. With much love BJ & Albert

Posted by BJ & Albert Ersch - San Antonio, TX - Friend of Julie & Jeremy   June 10, 2013

Our sincere condolences to you and your family during this difficult time. May you be comforted by the memories you have of your Dad. While you will miss him deeply, be consoled by the fact that God has a plan for him. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Barbara and Ernie Centeno

Posted by Barbara J. Centeno - San Antonio, TX - co-worker   June 10, 2013

I am so sorry about your loss. I know he will be greatly missed by everyone he knew. Thoughts and prayers are with you.

Posted by Debbie Llacuna - Kempner, TX - Friend   June 10, 2013


We are grateful for your father's dedicated sevice to our country. Please accept our deepest sympathies during this difficult time. God bless you all with His unfailing peace.

Posted by Candy and Rick Schlueter - San Antonio, TX - Friends of Julie Olson   June 10, 2013