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John G. Borbonus

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John G. Borbonus 1987-2007 John George Borbonus of Boise passed away April 12, 2007 in Baghdad, Iraq. He was 19. Funeral Services will be held 11 a.m., Monday, April 23, 2007 at St. John´s Cathedral in Boise. Burial will follow at Cloverdale Memorial Park. Services are under the direction of Cloverdale Funeral Home. Born on May 12, 1987 to Hans and Maggie Borbonus, John was born and raised in Boise. He was a member of the USA Ski-team and Snowboard team where he attended Wood River Middle School. He graduated in 2005 from Boise High School as a fine athlete and student. John joined the Army on July 16, 2005 after which time he began training for the Special Forces as an Army Ranger. John was a big bold personality who grew into a tall, accomplished young man who had an impact on others. There are many instances where he influenced things, events, and people in a very positive fashion. He volunteered more than a hundred hours of community service to St. John´s Catholic Church. John changed lives and made a difference. Dearly loved by all who knew him, it is in deep sorrow, yet with such wonderful happy memories that we will remember him. John is survived by his proud father, Hans Borbonus; devoted mother, Maggie Borbonus; god-father and beloved uncle, Gerhard Borbonus; special cousins, Veronique and Alexa Borbonus; his ever caring aunt, Sandra Borbonus; long time friend Dan Dearborn, close friends from the Boise High School Lacrosse Team; an extraordinary group of fine friends from all over Idaho; and loved ones from afar in Germany and South Africa. This was part of the eulogy given to John by the First Lieutenant of John´s Unit... ÒWe can carry on with our mission today because of another warrior who rose to the occasion in the face of chaos. When the enemy attacked Patrol Base Dog Private First Class John Borbonus stood in his way. John spoke fondly of family as he enthusiastically shared about snow boarding, traveling, hunting or fishing, yet showed a level of reserve that I respected. He had the ability to make anyone laugh. He could come across as extremely shy, and then out of nowhere he would surprise you with a practical joke, a very imaginative practical joke. It was impossible to go into a conversation with John and not walk away in a better mood with a better outlook on life. Private First Class John Borbonus was a true warrior and embodied characteristics every Soldier should strive to emulate. As a Platoon machine gunner and dismount, his versatility made him irreplaceable. He was attentive and diligent manning the Platoon machine gun. He was proud of his role protecting Soldiers to the right and left of him. Over the course of this deployment John had come to excel in making intelligent and accurate split second decisions. On the 12th of April 2007, John was manning a M240 machine gun in a primary guard position when a dump truck filled with explosives came speeding toward the barriers at the southern end of the Patrol Base. Without hesitation, or regard for his own safety John held his position and engaged the vehicle shooting the driver. John's heroism that day saved many Soldiers' lives.Ó

Published in Idaho Statesman from Apr. 21 to Apr. 22, 2007
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