|Birth: ||Oct. 28, 1930|
|Death: ||Dec. 19, 1992|
Served 22.5 years in the US Navy, Retired Chief Petty Officer, E-7. Dealt with highly confidential data.I knew about the briefcase attached to his wrist, but until a couple days ago, I NEVER knew that he carried a sidearm at all times. Dads work in the Navy was so classified, he could not discuss ANYTHING with us. I do know this...during Cuban Missile Crisis, the CTC that found Russian Subs in our waters was..my Dad.
The most exceptional man I ever knew. I was blessed to have him as my Dad.
Wonderful sense of humor, smarter then anyone I ever met. Just knew everything, but not a "know it all" Dad was just extremely intelligent. Had many friends, buddies in the Service nicknamed him "Durk" and it stuck. Always had a group of his friends at the house and Dad would bring home young men in the Military that couldn't get home for Thanksgiving or Christmas to spend with us.
Loved sports, played baseball, at every duty station, he was on a ball team, with the exception of Guam, played baseball, and football there. At Ft. Meade, there were several Branches that played on the team...Dads buddy Nolan told me that after tossing names around, Dad suggested "Mox Nix" and told them what it meant in German. The name was voted in. :)
Wouldn't allow hunting on his property ;) as there were plenty of deer and he fed them on a regular basis.
Loved to Fish! caught the biggest catfish.Had great times fishing at the Ozarks.
Natural cook, actually cooked better then my Mom....maybe in the genes as his Dad was a Chef.
Loved fast cars, and owned several "muscle" cars!
NOTE: Many thanks to A. Horan for providing photos of my Dads marker. Forever grateful for that.
Also: Many thanks to David McInturff for the Christmas Wreath photos of my Dads marker. Again, forever grateful.
James Durkin (1885 - 1930)
Faye D Parker Durkin (1895 - 1972)
Dorothy V Allen Durkin (1939 - 2009)
Timothy Lee Durkin (1963 - 1964)*
Parker Lee Durkin
OCT 28 1930
DEC 19 1992
Arlington National Cemetery
Plot: Section 59 Site 2748
Created by: Debbie
Record added: Feb 18, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 85144632