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Keith Durkee Memorial Page

A personal campaign sponsored by The Durkee Family

September 28, 2023


Keithlin"Keith" Durkee (10/12/1946-9/25/2023), a decorated Vietnam War hero and esteemed member of the Tennessee Military Collectors Association.  Keith was born in Chattanooga, TN.  His life was a story of unwavering commitment to his family, country and community.He enlisted in the Army in 1966.  His exceptional bravery during his service in Vietnam earned him 28 commendations, the most significant being Silver Star for Gallantry in Action on 4/29/68; Bronze Star with V Device for Heroism on 7/15/68 (6 total bronze stars); Army Commendation Medal with V Device for Heroism on 7/16/1968; The Purple Heart for wounds received in action on 11-24-1968.  While his military accolades speak volumes of his valor, it was his human side that resonated most with those who knew him.  Recounting his time in Vietnam, Keith often emphasized the weight of seeing men under his command perish, highlighting his compassion and leadership.  The horrors of war, rather than hardening him, made him introspective and motivated him to make a positive impact in life.  A devoted family man, married for 46 years to the love his life, Donna Sue Durkee.  Their bond was an embodiment of everlasting love.  Keith was preceded in death by his father and mother and two brothers.  He is survived by his wife Donna, beloved sister Sabra-nn (Sabie) Holley, two stepsons, Rick and Randy Allen and six grandchildren.


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