Borders, John William, Jr., BU2

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Last Rank
Petty Officer Second Class
Last Primary NEC
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Primary Unit
1966-1968, BU-0000, Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 5
Service Years
1956 - 1968
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Saugus, CA
Last Address
Saugus, CA

Casualty Date
Mar 08, 1968
Hostile, Died
Artillery, Rocket, Mortar
Quang Tri (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Pierce Brothers Valhalla Memorial Park - North Hollywood, California
Wall/Plot Coordinates
43E 051

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US NavyNaval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 5
  1959-1966, BU-0000, Broken Service
  1966-1968, BU-0000, Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 5
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1968-1968 Dong Ha, South Vietnam (FOB)
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Tet Counteroffensive Campaign (68)
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L.A. Trade & Technical College
  1959-1963, L.A. Trade & Technical College
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John William Borders, Jr., Builder Second Class, United States Navy Seabees. Borders, a Sherman Oaks resident, was killed when a mortar round struck the hut in which he was sleeping.He was stationed at Camp Barnes, Dong Ha, with Mobile Construction Battalion Five, B Company, Navy Seabees. He was 28.

Borders, a graduate of Van Nuys High School, had served in the Navy from 1956 to 1959. But,feeling it was his duty to help in Vietnam, he reenlisted in November 1966.

He spent four months of 1967 in Vietnam, came home, and then returned for additional Vietnam duty just after Thanksgiving.

A Valley resident for eight years. Borders was graduated from Los Angeles Trade Technical College in 1963. As an apprentice painter, he worked his way to journeyman and passed his examination in the top five to become a California painting contractor. He was engaged in that business until his reenlistment.

He is survived by his wife Frances, a daughter Luci 3; his father and stepmother, Mr. and Mrs. John W. Borders, Sr. of Van Nuys; three brothers, Robert of San Jose, James of Toledo, Ohio and Steven of Van Nuys; a sister, Sherry Wilde of Toledo, and his mother-in-law, Helen Renshaw of Sherman Oaks.

Funeral services are pending. Pierce Brothers Valhalla Mortuary, North Hollywood, will be in charge of arrangements



John William Borders, Jr
His first tour over, he said "I want to make this a better world for our daughter to grow up in." It was his second tour that took his life. His daughter, Lucy, was 3 years old then and still wishes he could come back to her.
You have a grand-daughter, Tiffany, who feels your special.
You are deeply missed and thought of often.
Our Love, Frances, Lucy and Tiffany
Posted by: Frances Borders
Relationship: He is my husband
Sunday, February 9, 2003

My father
Plz know that you are thought of often. As the 40 year anniversary of your death approaches, March 8, heart is proud of the freedom that this great country still stands on.
Posted by: His only child....Lucy
Relationship: He is my father
Monday, February 25, 2008

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