EDWIN W. LaVIGNE

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LaVIGNE Lt. Col. (Ret.) EDWIN WALTER LaVIGNE "Duffy" Lt. Col. (Ret.) Edwin Walter "Duffy" LaVigne of Port Sulphur, LA died at the age of 92 on Wednesday, February 13, 2013 in Fayetteville, NC at 9:58 pm. Duffy was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Marguerite Louise Groteguth. He was a native of Homeplace, LA, a resident of Port Sulphur, LA and most recently Fayetteville, NC. Duffy graduated from LSU and enlisted in the U.S Army Air Crops in January of 1942. During WWII he was a flight instructor for the Air Corps which included instructing the Tuskegee Airman. As a WWII fighter pilot in Europe he supported Patton's Army during the Battle of the Bulge. In the Korean War he was a member of the 6147th "Mosquitoes" and flew reconnaissance missions. Duffy was shot down in battle twice. In the late 1950's Duffy was a test pilot with Chuck Yeager at Edwards Air Force Base. In Vietnam he flew reconnaissance missions. His military career also included serving at the Pentagon under General Carroll as Deputy Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency during the height of the Cold War. He then served as Director of Manpower and Organization for the US Air Force Europe. He retired from the Air Force in 1970. He returned to Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana in 1977 where he continued his life of service as member of the Knights of Columbus, the Chamber of Commerce, Plaquemines Parish Arc the VFW and American Legion. He was elected to the Plaquemines Parish Commission Council for two terms. After Hurricane Katrina he returned and rebuilt his home in Port Sulphur. Most recently he resided in Fayetteville, NC near his daughter Michelle and her family. Visitation is at St. Patrick Church, Port Sulphur, LA on Saturday, February 23, 2013 from 10:00 AM until the Funeral Mass at 12 Noon. Interment will follow in St. Patrick Mausoleum, Port Sulphur, LA. MOTHE FUNERAL HOME in charge of arrangements, 504-366-4343. Donations in his memory can be made to St. Patrick Catholic Church, 28698 Hwy 23, Port Sulphur, LA 70083 or call the church rectory, 504-564-3284. Visitation is at St. Patrick Church, Port Sulphur, LA on Saturday, February 23, 2013 from 10:00 AM until the Funeral Mass at 12 Noon. Interment will follow in St. Patrick Mausoleum, Port Sulphur, LA. MOTHE FUNERAL HOME in charge of arrangements, 504-366-4343. Donations in his memory can be made to St. Patrick Catholic Church, 28698 Hwy 23, Port Sulphur, LA 70083 or call the church rectory, 504-564-3284.

Published in The Washington Post on Feb. 21, 2013
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