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Each of the six Durgin brothers served with honor

Honoring All Who Served

This photograph says all you need to know about the sacrifices the Durgin family made.

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This photograph says all you need to know about the sacrifices the Durgin family made.

There were six boys and four girls in the Mr. Fred William Durgin family. All six sons joined the service to help protect our country.

The oldest son, Kenneth William Durgin, born May 11, 1926, joined the Army Air Force, and was burned alive while cleaning up the mess in Hawaii at Pearl Harbor on Aug. 30, 1947.

The next in age was Fred Basil Durgin, born Nov 1, 1931, he joined the Air Force around 1954 and is still living.

Next in order is Keith Lavern Durgin, born Jan 4, 1933. Keith served in the Army and was in a foxhole on the front line in the Korean War. Keith suffers from PTSD and lives on the streets in Oregon.

The next in line is Richard Ernest Durgin, born Jan 3, 1936. He served with the Air Force around 1955. He just passed away Sept 21, 2016.

Next in line is myself, Robert Durgin, no middle name recorded.

I was born July 27, 1937. I served in the Air Force from December 1956 to December 1960.

I was TDY (temporary duty) to the island of Eniwetok, in the Marshal Islands, testing the “H” bomb in 1958. I suffer from PTSD as well.

My wife and I moved down from Sprague River, Ore., to Kingman just a couple of years ago.

We were married July 31, 1959 while I was stationed at Oxnard AFB. Next in line is Arthur Lawrence Durgin, born Dec 4, 1940. Art served his country for four years in the Air Force.

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