Borrego, Anthony Joseph, 1LT

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Last Rank
First Lieutenant
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
1542-Infantry Unit Commander
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Officer)
Primary Unit
1966-1967, 1542, HHC, Military Assistance Command Vietnam MACV
Service Years
1965 - 1967


First Lieutenant

One Overseas Service Bar

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Home State
New Jersey
New Jersey
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
West Paterson, NJ
Last Address
West Paterson, NJ

Casualty Date
Jul 05, 1967
Hostile, Died of Wounds
Multiple Fragmentation Wounds
Kontum (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Holy Sepulchre Cemetery - Totowa Boro, New Jersey
Wall/Plot Coordinates
23E 009

 Official Badges 

Infantry Shoulder Cord

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
Vietnam Veterans Memorial
  2013, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page

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 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 1st Award
Parachutist (Basic)

 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1961, US Military Academy (West Point, NY), B
 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
Army Ranger SchoolMilitary Assistance Command Vietnam MACV
  1965-1965, Basic Airborne Course (BAC) Airborne School
  1965-1966, Army Ranger School
  1966-1967, 1542, HHC, Military Assistance Command Vietnam MACV
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1966-1967 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase II Campaign (1966-67)
  1967-1967 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase III Campaign (1967-68)/Operation Greeley
  1967-1967 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase III Campaign (1967-68)
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Last Known Activity

Steeped in rich Italian heritage, Anthony Joseph Borrego died as he lived; a Catholic soldier in the service of others. Only son of Dominic and Maria, Tony fulfilled their dreams as he completed high school and college preparation, entered the Corps of Cadets, and took his oath as a Lieutenant of Infantry.

In rapid succession Tony completed Fort Benning training, was posted to the Panama Canal Zone, joined his comrades in Vietnam a year later, and offered the ultimate sacrifice as he was killed in action while advising a Vietnamese Army unit-- exactly six years from the day of his first pride filled march to Trophy Point.

First Lieutenant Borrego is buried in the Holy Sepulcher Catholic Cemetery near West Patterson, New Jersey where he was born and raised. His parents, dying later, were laid to rest in the same plot. Before his death Dominic Borrego participated in a bitter sweet ceremony naming West Patterson's Borrego Drive in honor of his son.

Tony's life, like his stature, was short and overflowing with capacious pride and joyful warmth. As a cadet his unconcealed pride in his heritage, his country, and West Point was evident in every endeavor from athletics to music. Tony, a good student, freely gave his time to assist others in their academic challenges. Accomplished in judo, he advanced to brown belt degree. He also sung in the Cadet Glee Club and the Catholic Chapel Choirs.

In describing his pervasive enthusiasm for life, a classmate recounted how "Tony's effervescent personality and infatigable sense of humor had made him the most loved runt in the Corps and a friend who would not be easily forgotten". Not forgotten are the enduring snapshots of shared hardships, victories, and accomplishments; of class rings and graduation farewells; of discoveries, new responsibilities, and compressed joy. Above all, not forgotten is a close friend who chose to live and give his life in the service of his country.

"Short days ago we lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow, loved and were loved ••• " From "In Flanders Fields" by John McCr

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