|Birth: ||Oct. 28, 1930|
|Death: ||Dec. 19, 1992|
Served 22.5 years in the US Navy,(including Reserves 30 years) Retired Chief Petty Officer, recommended for Warrant Officer, for reasons known to him, he declined, however, he received the WO pay rate, and since the slot was empty, was acting Warrant Officer.(After chatting with a Senior Master Chief, he gave me insight as to why Dad declined WO lol) Also discovered he was LDO on the Sub he was serving on when I was born, however name of Submarine was NOT in his records. I can only assume that it is still classified. Dealt with highly confidential data.I knew about the briefcase attached to his wrist, but until recently, 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. Since receiving his records, I now know why he NEVER discussed/spoke of anything he did in the Navy.
His entire Navy career was with the TOP SECURITY AGENCY, and will leave it at that.
The most exceptional man I ever knew. I am truly blessed that he was 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, another nickname was "Stagger Lee" because Dad like that song by Lloyd Price. 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 Virginia 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