Near Berkey in Lucas County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Roger T. Durbin
1920 - 2000
— Driving Force Behind the National WW II Memorial —
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 nation’s capital”. It started with a conversation between Mr. Durbin and Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur at a local fish fry in February 1987. Enlisting Kaptur’s 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.
The National WW II in Washington D.C. was built because of the persistence of Roger Durbin and his Congresswoman, Kaptur.
Location. 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. marker is in the edge of Berkey Cemetery, just east of Berkey Christian Church about 2000 ft south of the Michigan State Line. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 11961 Sylvania-Metamora Rd, Berkey OH 43504, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Old Territorial Road (approx. 0.4 miles away); Amboy Township Veterans Memorial (approx. 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˝ 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); 1858 Railroad Depot (approx. 6.6 miles away).
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 29, 2015, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. This page has been viewed 423 times since then and 33 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on January 29, 2015, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. • Al Wolf was the editor who published this page.