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Near Berkey in Lucas County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Roger T. Durbin

1920 - 2000

 

óDriving Force Behind the National WW II Memorial ó

 
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By Rev. Ronald Irick, September 25, 2012
1. Roger T. Durbin Marker
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Inscription.

Side A

Roger T.Durbin
1920- 2000

According to fellow World War II veteran and US Senator Bob Dole, Roger T. Durbin was “the public persona- the beacon- of the drive to build a National World War II Memorial in out nationís capital”. It started with a conversation between Mr. Durbin and Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur at a local fish fry in February 1987. Enlisting Kapturís support, the work to create a memorial began. Described as a “gentleman with a square jaw, twinkling eyes, and girlish grin,” Mr. Durbin committed himself to serving others. he was a rural letter carrier, Richfield Township trustee, and coached Little Leaguye base- ball. He was a veteran of the Tenth Armored (Tiger) Division and saw action at the Battle of the Buldge. The National WW II Memorial was dedicated May 28, 2004. Although Mr. Durbin did not live to see that day, his determination is the reason it stands.

Side B

The National WW II in Washington D.C. was built because of the persistence of Roger Durbin and his Congresswoman, Kaptur.

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Erected 2010 by Gleaner South Area Fairfield Arbor Metamora Area Historical Society The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 58- 48.)
 
Location.
Roger T. Durbin Marker image. Click for full size.
By Rev. Ronald Irick, September 25, 2012
2. Roger T. Durbin Marker
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41° 42.894′ N, 83° 49.959′ W. Marker is near Berkey, Ohio, in Lucas County. Marker is on Sylvania-Metamora Rd (County Route 4), on the right when traveling west. Click for map. marker is in the edge of Berkey Cemetery, just east of Berkey Christian Church about 2000 ft south of the Michigan State Line. Marker is at or near this postal address: 11961 Sylvania-Metamora Rd, Berkey OH 43504, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Old Territorial Road (approx. 0.4 miles away); Centennial Terrace and Quarry / Fossil Park (approx. 4.6 miles away); Birthplace of Alexander Drabik (approx. 5.1 miles away); Erie and Kalamazoo Railroad (approx. 5.5 miles away in Michigan); Hindu Temple and Heritage Hall (approx. 5.9 miles away); a different marker also named Erie and Kalamazoo Railroad (approx. 6.6 miles away); Toledo and Western Railway Company (approx. 6.7 miles away); The Harroun Family Barn (approx. 7.2 miles away).
 
Categories. War, World II
 
Roger T. Durbin Marker image. Click for full size.
By Rev. Ronald Irick, September 25, 2012
3. Roger T. Durbin Marker
full view, looking west
Roger T. Durbin Marker image. Click for full size.
By Rev. Ronald Irick, September 25, 2012
4. Roger T. Durbin Marker
artwork on marker
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. This page has been viewed 301 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. • Al Wolf was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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