June 14, 2013
10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
June 13, 2013
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
June 13, 2013
5:30 PM to 6:00 PM
BG Victor A. De Fiori
Dunbar Funerals and Cremations
3926 Devine Street
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.