Stories of Honor: Vietnam combat vet Steve Durbin’s service spanned 4 decades

CURT SYNNESS For the Independent Record

Steve Durbin’s Carroll College freshman photo, 1965 Hilltopper yearbook.

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In between earning an English degree from Carroll College, Steve Durbin served a 13-month tour of duty with the U.S. Marine Corps in Vietnam in the late 1960s, earning two Purple Hearts.

Durbin reentered the military in 1983, and over the next 23 years, his service included the Army National Guard with Huey medevac during the first Gulf War, in the Middle East; flying with the Air Force Reserves Aero medevac C-141s; and as an Army Reservist training Iraqi police and mentoring troops returning to Iraq.

By the time he retired from the armed forces at the age of 60, his time in flight consisted of 73 combat NVG hours (Iraq), 212 NVG hours (Saudi Arabia, Kuwait), 1,476 total Huey hours and 2,031 total C-141 (noncombat) hours.

Durbin graduated from St. Patrick’s Academy prep school in Sidney, Nebraska, in 1964. He enrolled at Carroll College, where he majored in English and minored in Spanish and sociology. During this time he also worked part time

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