BTCS Duran Edgar "Eddie" Robbins, USN, Ret.

FN to BT2 onboard 1947 through 1951

Duran Robbins, circa 1947
Duran Edgar Robbins, about 1947.

We received a "GuestBook" entry on the RUSH Web site Saturday, February 25, 2006, from his youngest daughter, Susan Robbins Miller which reads:

I am the daughter of Duran E. Robbins and just found this site.
I noticed that you have him listed in the memory section and you have no photo.
If you would like a photo, please let me know.
I would love to have one listed.
Thanks so much for this wonderful site dedicated
to those that served proudly on the USS Rush (DD 714).

Eddie Robbins joined the United States Navy on July 27, 1943. His daughter believes the above photograph was taken around 1947 when Eddie re-enlisted at the Naval Reserve Center, Spartanburg, South Carolina. While onboard the USS William R. Rush (DD 714) he worked his way from Fireman (FN) to Boiler Maker Second Class Petty Officer (BT2). After retiring from the Navy, he worked at the Shipyard in Charleston, SC until 1972. He then moved to Florida where he opened a branch office of B & D Boilers where he did steam cleaning and repair/replacement of boiler tubes onboard ships and at paper mills. B & D Boilers was started in Charleston, SC by an old Navy buddy of Eddie's, Mr. J. T. Lynch. Eddie passed away on September 22, 2003. In addition to providing information about and the photograph of her father, Susan also sent us his obiturary, which reads as follows:


Duran Edgar Robbins, 77, of Moncks Corner, a retired boiler maker with B & D Boilers, died Monday at a Moncks Corner nursing home.

The cryptside funeral service will be at 11 a.m., Wednesday, at Whispering Pines Memorial Gardens. Entombment will be directed by RUSSELL FUNERAL CHAPEL, Moncks Corner.

Mr. Robbins was born February 12, 1926 in Cowpens, Spartenburg County, S.C., a son of Theodore Robbins and Gladys Pettit Robbins. He was a Baptist. He was a U.S. Navy Veteran of World War II and the Korean Conflict. He was a member of the Fleet Reserve Association.

Surviving are four daughters, Dianne Greene of Mt. Pleasant; Susan Miller of Cheyenne, Wyoming; Sandra Mole of Moncks Corner; Denice Sprankle of Goose Creek and; seven grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Leukemia Society of America, South Carolina Chapter, 1247 Lake Murray Boulevard, Irmo, S.C. 29063, or to the National Parkinson's Foundation, Bob Hope Parkinson Research Center, 1501 North West 9th Ave., Bob Hope Road, Miami, Fla 33136-1494.

Friends may call at RUSSELL FUNERAL CHAPEL, Moncks Corner, from 10 a.m., Wednesday, until the hour of the service.