Dupont, decorated for service in wars

H. D.

September 10, 1993|By Fred Rasmussen | Fred Rasmussen,Staff Writer

A military funeral for Howard D. Dupont, a decorated Army veteran and retired employee of the Heritage Automobile Group, was conducted Tuesday at Arlington National Cemetery.

Mr. Dupont, who was 63 and a resident of Tivoly Avenue, died of cancer Aug. 30 at the Francis Scott Key Medical Center.

Born and reared in Harahan, La., Mr. Dupont moved to Baltimore with his family after his parents gave up dairy farming. He enlisted in the Army in 1948, beginning a military career that spanned two decades.

He was sent to Korea early in that conflict and saw action at the Pusan Defense perimeter and with the U.N. forces that pushed northward to the Chinese border before being pushed back to the 38th parallel.

After his service in Korea, where he was a sergeant first class, he was stationed in Japan and managed a U.S. government printing and photography facility.

Fluent in Japanese and fond of traveling throughout that country, it was while on a visit to Ichinohe, in northern Japan, that he met his wife, the former Yae Onodera. They were married in 1953.

Mr. Dupont was severely burned in 1954 while trying to help a merchant in Ichinohe save his business from a fire. He spent a year recuperating in a military hospital.

Returning to the United States in 1965, he served during the Vietnam War as an Army survivor assistance officer at Fort Sam Houston, Texas.

His many decorations included the National Defense Service Medal with First Oak Leaf Cluster, the Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation Medal and the Korean Service Medal with five campaign stars.

He retired from the service in 1968 and returned to Baltimore. He was a warehouseman for Sears, Roebuck & Co. at its 41st Street warehouse until 1981, when he became a parts employee for Heritage in Owings Mills. He retired in 1989.

An avid reader, he counted among his accomplishments the reading of the entire Encyclopaedia Britannica and Will and Ariel Durant's "History of Civilization," as well as books on the American West, the Civil War, World War II and archaeology.

Besides his wife, he is survived by three sons, Michael J. Dupont of Baltimore, Paul J. Dupont of Columbia and Edward D. Dupont of Virginia Beach, Va.; and eight grandchildren.

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