Login | About Us | Contact Us | Search Connect With ODMP Facebook Twitter
ODMP Remembers...

Patrol Inspector Doyne C. Melton | United States Department of Labor - Immigration Service - United States Border Patrol, U.S. Government United States Department of Labor - Immigration Service - United States Border Patrol, U.S. Government

Patrol Inspector

Doyne C. Melton

United States Department of Labor - Immigration Service - United States Border Patrol, U.S. Government

End of Watch: Thursday, December 7, 1933

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 31

Tour: 6 years

Badge # Not available

Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire

Location: Texas

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Two shot and killed, one wounded

· Leave a Reflection
· Add to My Heroes
· Update this memorial

Share this memorial:
Email to a Friend

Patrol Inspector Doyne Melton was shot and killed as he and several other inspectors attempted to apprehend 13 smugglers as they waded ashore in El Paso, Texas, with 150 cases of illegal liquor. One smuggler hidden on the American side opened fire, as did the other smugglers. Inspector Melton was struck in the heart in the opening volley and died at the scene.

The other inspectors shot and killed two smugglers and wounded another as they fled back into Mexico.

Inspector Melton was survived by his wife, Lucille Mann Melton. He was buried in Conyers, Georgia. He had served in the U.S. Marine Corps prior to joining the U.S. Border Patrol, and was a sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve.

Twenty days later on December 27, 1933, U.S. Border Patrol Inspector Bert G. Walthall, who had survived the gun battle that killed Inspector Melton, was himself was shot and killed by smugglers in El Paso County.

Leave a Reflection · Update Memorial

View all 8 Reflections

Most Recent Reflection

Inspector Melton is interred at East Lawn Cemetery in Searcy, County Arkansas. His wife, Luciel Mann Melton, is interred in Rockdale, Georgia. His parents were Noah and Nancy Lucinda.

Godspeed Doyne.

SBPA DAN R. ROBERTS
USBP, DOUGLAS, ARIZONA, RETIRED
December 7, 2014

 

Create an account for more options, or use this form to leave a Reflection now:

(will show below Reflection)
(will show below Reflection)
(e-mail remains private)
Remember my rank, agency and email address
I have read and agree to the Reflections Terms of Use
(revised 5/31/2012)
 
All 2017 Deaths