Lester Delino Durbin, World War I

Submitted by Tom James.


Grave at Arlington National Cemetery.

"Delno" was born in Rock Lick, Greene Co., PA, on 8 Dec 1888, and lived in Cameron, Marshall Co., W.Va. most of his civilian life. He is the son of Andy J. Durbin, b. Feb 1854, and Mary E., b. Dec 1856. His siblings were: Blanche V.; Alonzo L.; Bernice S.; Merlie K.; and, Walter G. Durbin. In 1910 he was enrolled as a Private in the USMC stationed at Camp Elliott, Canal Zone, Panama. Following a four-year enlistment he returned to Cameron and found employment as a Tool Presser in the oil fields at a time when oil and gas were being extracted in Marshall County. On June 5, 1917 he registered for WWI and is described on his WWI Draft Card as being of medium build, medium height with brown eyes and light colored hair. He was a member of the American Expeditionary Forces in France and was killed in action on 15 July 1918. After cessation of hostilities, his remains were repatriated and interred at Arlington on 02 March 1922."

Newspaper obits provided by Joseph D. Parriott; typed by Linda Fluharty.

"Moundsville Weekly Echo" - 9 Aug 1918
DELNO DURBIN - CAMERON BOY DIES FIGHTING FOR COUNTRY --- Mr. and Mrs. A. L. Durbin of Cameron received word this morning that their son Delno Durbin was killed in action July 19. - Durbin was about 26 years of age and was a member of the regular army, having enlisted soon after the out break of the war. - He has a brother Walter in the army, sisters Miss Blanche, Mrs. Vance Gosney and a sister, married, in Oklahoma.

"Moundsville Weekly Echo" - 10 Mar 1922
DURBIN SERVICES HELD --- Washington, March 4.--Senator Howard Sutherland and Congressman Benjamin L. Rosenbloom spoke last night and an impromptu memorial tribute to the late Sergeant Delno Durbin, of Cameron, W.Va., whose life was lost in the World War and who was interred in Arlington national cemetery last Thursday. Others who spoke were Dr. W. S. Fulton and Dr. Randolph Hersey, of Wheeling; Archie N. Cook, and Thomas S. Wilson of Cameron. Others present included Marshal Louis Buchwald of Wheeling; --- Lazerus, Charles Cook, Ray Joliffe, Cyril McCormick, Vere Todd, Howard Buzzard, Harry Wendt, W. L. Burton, Luke Ross, of Cameron, and Alfred C. Paull, Wheeling, Secretary to Congressman Rosenbloom. Those from Cameron came as a committee sent by the people of Cameron to attend the funeral services, and they were guests last night of Congressman Rosenbloom at dinner, where memorial speeches were made.