Border, Raymond J., BUC

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Chief Petty Officer
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2011-2011, BU-9502, CNO - OPNAV
Service Years
1999 - 2011
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Home Town
Last Address
Not Specified

Casualty Date
Oct 19, 2011
Hostile, Died
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF)
Location of Interment
Plainfield Cemetery - Coshocton, Ohio
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Master Training Specialist

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Seabee Combat Warfare Specialist Enlisted Badge

 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1999, Recruit Training (Great Lakes, IL), 278
 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
Formal Schools and Training CoursesNaval Mobile Construction Battalion One (NMCB 1)Instructors Training School20th Seabee Readiness Group, Gulfport, MS
Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 74CNO - OPNAV
  1999-2000, BU-0000, (BU) Builders Carpentry/Masonary A School
  2000-2005, BU-0000, Naval Mobile Construction Battalion One (NMCB 1)
  2005-2005, 9502, Instructors Training School
  2005-2008, 9502, 20th Seabee Readiness Group, Gulfport, MS
  2009-Present, Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 74
  2011-2011, BU-9502, CNO - OPNAV
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  2001-2001 OEF - Philippines
  2004-2005 OIF/Iraqi Governance (2004-05)
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  DATE OF BIRTH: 07/22/1980
  DATE OF DEATH: 10/19/2011
  17094 COUNTY RD 410 COSHOCTON, OH 43812
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West Lafayette sailor dies in Afghanistan A local sailor based out of Mississippi has been killed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan. According to the Department of Defense, 31-year-old Chief Petty Officer Raymond J. Border of West Lafayette died Wednesday while checking out a route in Afghanistan's Paktika province. A Navy Seabee, Border was assigned to a reconstruction team in the province. Border's parents, Craig and Julie Border of West Lafayette, told The Associated Press their son was inspecting a road for a convoy to pass and had stepped out of his vehicle when the mine went off. Killed with him was Army Staff Sgt. Jorge M. Oliveira, 33, of Newark, N.J. Border?s home unit was Navy Mobile Construction Battalion 74 in Gulfport, Miss. Navy spokesman Daryl Smith said Border wasn?t deployed with his unit at the time of his death. He was an individual augmentee, assigned to a provincial reconstruction team in Paktika Province because of his skill as a builder. Border had been a Seabee for 12 years and loved the work, his father said. He had served one tour in Iraq, and this was his second in Afghanistan. Border has lived in Gulfport, Miss., for 12 years. He has two children and a fiancée, who has three children he was helping raise. Border graduated from Ridgewood High School in West Lafayette and was a Boy Scout, played football and was a two-time state qualifier in wrestling. His parents said he built roads, runways, officers? huts and bridges. His work took him to Japan, Guam, the Philippines and Spain. ?He was a wonderful person, always had a smile on his face,? his father told the Sun-Herald in Gulfport, Miss. ?He enjoyed his family.? Border is the fifth active-duty member of the United States armed forces from the Tuscarawas Valley region who has died during 2011. Services for Seabee will be in Afghanistan, Gulfport and Ohio By MARY PEREZ - GULFPORT -- Family, friends and fellow Seabees are remembering Chief Petty Officer Raymond Border, 31, who died in Afghanistan Wednesday, and are planning memorial services to honor the hero. His body was flown to Dover, Del., Thursday and met by his family. ?He does have an honor guard watching over him so he is not alone,? said his father, Craig Border of West Lafayette, OH. Once his body is released, which could be in a week to 10 days, he will be cremated. A memorial service is planned at the Seabee Base in Gulfport and another in Ohio, where he will be buried. His father said he had a call from the command in the Paktika province, Afghanistan, where he was deployed. A service will be held there Monday and Border said it will be videotaped and sent to the family. Border was killed along with Army Staff Sgt. Jorge M. Oliveria, 33, of Newark, N.J., while inspecting a road for a convoy to pass. They stepped out of the vehicle when an improvised explosive devise went off. He had served in Gulfport for nearly 12 years and his home unit was NMCB 74. Border had already served in Afghanistan and Iraq and volunteered for this mission apart from his unit, said his commanding officer, Cmdr. Rich Hayes of NMCB 74. Hayes said the base in Gulfport is ?very somber.? He said, ?The command is struck by the sudden and tragic loss of a friend and fellow Seabee.? Read more: Happy memories provide comfort for Seabee's grieving family By Elizabeth Vowell - bio | email GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - Raymond Border and Terrence Boyd met at a club. Boyd was a single mother of three, enjoying time with friends. Border was a single dad of two, hoping to charm Terrence. She loved to dance, and after picking up lessons in Guam during a deployment, Border swept the girl of his dreams off her feet. "He kept asking me out, and I wouldn't go out with him. And he said, 'Let's just go out for movie and a dinner, and that's all. I promise,'" Boyd recalled. One date led to another, and the couple soon fell in love. They moved in together and formed a Brady Bunch style family. They had been together for seven years. That happy meeting and countless other moments of joy are what surround Boyd and her family during what is a time of great loss. During his deployment in Afghanistan, Chief Petty Officer Raymond Border was killed by an improvised explosive device. The 31-year-old was a native of West Lafayette in eastern Ohio and had been stationed in Gulfport since 1999. Just days after witnessing the return of Border's remains to American soil, the family he left in Gulfport seems to be in shock. While pain is present, so is a sense of love. Before his death, Boyd says the couple, who had been together for seven years, decided to get married. While video chatting during his deployment, Border told his long time girlfriend to pick out a dress and a ring. He had planned to officially propose when he returned in November. "It's easy to be a part of our family, but he just fit right in, became a brother, a friend and everything," said Boyd. In the home the couple shared with their children, pictures fill every wall showing smiling faces and happy time. His family remembers Ray as loving and goofy. His fiancee describes him affectionately as a "redneck," saying he was never without a pair of blue jeans, work boots and a camouflage hat when home. Boyd's twin teenage daughters consider Ray their father and rattled off stories about camping trips and jokes through tears. "He would always tell us how much he loved us, and he never treated us like we weren't his own kids. He loved us like his own kids, and he treated us like it," said Caitlin Boyd. As a Seabee, Border was a dedicated and decorated soldier. He told his family that serving in the military was his calling. Boyd said he was always trying to gain more training and experience. Boyd's 18-year-old son Aaron hopes to follow in Border's footsteps. She said Border's son, Donavan, is also considering joining the military. "It meant so much to him. He's told my son, Aaron, that you have to strive. You have to try to achieve, because he may achieve, but that wasn't his limit," said Boyd. While she grieves his loss, Terrence says she understands Ray's sacrifice. "I hope everybody understands that these men and women are over there fighting for us. We're here standing and walking and doing what we do because somebody sacrificed their life for us, and somebody has to do without a husband, a brother, a son, a friend because of that," said Boyd through sobs. Border also leaves behind his immediate family in Ohio, where he one day hoped to retire. Boyd says she is overwhelmed by the show of support from family, friends and the military. According to Boyd, there will be three services for Border. His cremated remains will be brought to Gulfport for a memorial at the Seabee Base, and he will be laid to rest in Ohio. A third service overseas is planned Monday by his commanding officer.
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