Patrol Inspector Doyne C. Melton

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

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Doyne C. Melton

Patrol Inspector Doyne Melton was shot and killed as he and several other inspectors attempted to apprehend 13 smugglers at the foot of Park Street 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 a United States Marine Corps veteran and served with the United States Border Patrol for six years. He was survived by his wife.

He was buried in Conyers, Georgia.

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 shot and killed by smugglers in El Paso County.


  • Age 31
  • Tour 6 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Location Texas
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Two shot and killed, one wounded

alcohol violation, smuggling

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Inspector Melton,
On today, the 90th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country-not just as a Patrol Inspector but also when you served with the USMC.

Semper Fi Devil Dog!
A fellow BPA;former Marine

United States Border Patrol

December 7, 2023

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