RAYMOND J BOROWSKI
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HONORED ON PANEL 20E, LINE 54 OF THE WALL

RAYMOND JOHN BOROWSKI

WALL NAME

RAYMOND J BOROWSKI

PANEL / LINE

20E/54

DATE OF BIRTH

04/05/1935

CASUALTY PROVINCE

PLEIKU

DATE OF CASUALTY

05/20/1967

HOME OF RECORD

DEARBORN

COUNTY OF RECORD

Wayne County

STATE

MI

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

SGT

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR RAYMOND JOHN BOROWSKI
POSTED ON 10.7.2019
POSTED BY: Alejandra Borowski

Great-uncle Ray

Great-uncle Ray
This is a letter my son wrote to his hero, his great-uncle Ray...
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POSTED ON 10.17.2017
POSTED BY: CLAY MARSTON

IN REMEMBRANCE OF THIS FINE YOUNG UNITED STATES ARMY SOLDIER WHOSE NAME SHALL LIVE FOREVER MORE


IN REMEMBRANCE OF THIS FINE YOUNG
UNITED STATES ARMY SOLDIER
WHOSE NAME SHALL LIVE FOREVER MORE


On 20 May 2010 a St Christopher Medal Presentation Ceremony was held honoring Sergeant Raymond John Borowski at the Dearborn, Michigan City Hall Veterans' Memorial.

It was hosted by the James L. Huard Vietnam Veterans Chapter 267 and American Legion Post 364.

A big salute goes out to Ray Flores and Phil Smith for their outstanding help in making the ceremony a success.

During this once in a lifetime ceremony Specialist Fourth Class Louis Macellari returned Sergeant Ray Borowski's St Christopher's medallion after forty-three years to Patricia Borowski (Paprocki) and the Borowski family.

Anonymous brothers-in-arms in Vietnam, they served in the 1st Battalion, 8th Infanty Regiment, 4th Infantry Division.

Lou Macellari in A 1/8 and Borowski assigned to B 1/8.

The bond they shared is uncommonly deep and it took tragedy to bring them together.

It was 20 May 1967 in the jungles of Vietnam near the Cambodian border during the ' Nine Days In May ' battles, May 18-26, 1967.

The 1st Battalion, 8th Infantry was taking heavy fire from the NVA, first 175 mortar rounds, then 45 B-40 rockets, followed by intense small arms fire.

By early the next morning the battalion had suffered 16 KIAs and another 63 WIAs.

One of the wounded was a Medic Sergeant Ray ' Doc ' Borowski.

Lou Macellari had stayed with him throughout the night to provide cover for him while they waited for a medivac chopper.

In the morning when the chopper arrived it was unable to land because of the ongoing battle.

An attempt was made to lower a cable with a life basket attached to lift Borowski into the chopper.

As the crew tried to bring him in, there was a problem, the lift malfunctioned.

As they frantically tried to reel the basket into the chopper, they had to leave the LZ because of intense heavy fire.

Minutes later the medivac returned and with the help of the troops on the LZ tried to get Borowski to safety.

As they lowered the basket down with the life basket hanging tenuously, the cable snapped at which the basket fell to the ground, tragically killing Borowski instantly.

Earlier that morning as Sergeant Borowski was moved to the LZ, he removed his St Christopher's medallion from around his neck and in a gesture of kindness gave it to Sp4 Macellari.

Borowski's thoughts must have been that he was going home because of his wounds and the St Christopher medallion ( the patron Saint of Safe Passages ) would bring Macellari good luck and safety and would help him make it back home.

Ray's last living thoughts as a medic were to help an infantry grunt before he left the battle.

There were many acts of of valor displayed among soldiers of Companies A & B and the 1/8 Infantry that went unnoticed that night. This one is very special, because it demonstrates the bond they had for each other. One was wounded and needed help and the other stayed with him to provide protection.

Lou Macellari attends our A & B Company reunions and has treasured the St Christopher medallion that Ray Borowski gave to him on that fateful day forty-three years ago. It is exactly like it was when he received it from him.

At the presentation Lou Macellari told the family that the medallion ' worked for me ' and he finally had a chance to ' give back ' Ray's St Christopher medallion at this ceremony in Dearborn, Michigan.

This once in a lifetime event was very special because a home town Vietnam Veteran was recognized and honored by family members Patricia Borowski (Paprocki), sons: U.S. Army Sergeant Bruce Borowski, Ray Borowski Jr, Chris Borowski, daughter Eilene Borowski (Rush), fellow vets, and the community of Dearborn.

This true statement about Raymond Borowski and his selfless acts of character for the living and dying in Vietnam exemplifies why we as veterans honor and respect him for his unyielding display of strength and faith in very difficult conditions.

We must remember that Lou Macellari was the last living link between him and his family and friends.

May He Rest In Peace -- We Will Never Forget.

Thanks to Bill Dobbie A 1/8 and National Council Member, VFW for his opening remarks. Dave Casas 1/8 Infantry Medic for his remembrance of his friend and mentor, Raymond 'Doc' Borowski.


The guest speaker Mayor John O'Reilly, Dearborn, Michigan, and the posting of the guard by the VVA Chapter 267.

A special thanks to the vets of A & B Companies, and the HQ Company Medics of 1/8 Infantry for attending.


FOR FURTHER INFORMATION SEE THESE WEBS -


http://www.virtualwall.org/db/BorowskiRJ01a.htm


https://army.togetherweserved.com/army/servlet/tws.webapp.WebApp?cmd=ShadowBoxProfile&type=Person&ID=40842


http://www.swampfox.info/ssa18/a18stories/docborowski.html



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SERGEANT

RAYMOND JOHN BOROWSKI


served honorably as a

COMBAT MEDIC

with

HEADQUARTERS AND HEADQUARTERS COMPANY

1st BATTALION

8th INFANTRY REGIMENT

" PATRIAE FIDELITAS " / " LOYALTY TO COUNTRY "

4th INFANTRY DIVISION

" STEADFAST AND LOYAL "


and became a
posthumous recipient
of the following
military decorations
and service medals


BRONZE STAR MEDAL with ' V ' for VALOR device

PURPLE HEART

NATIONAL DEFENSE SERVICE MEDAL

VIETNAM SERVICE MEDAL

REPUBLIC OF VIETNAM CAMPAIGN SERVICE MEDAL


and was entitled to wear the

COMBAT MEDIC BADGE





YOU ARE NOT FORGOTTEN

NOR SHALL YOU EVER BE




R E M E M B R A N C E




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POSTED ON 5.5.2017
POSTED BY: Lucy Conte Micik

Remembered

DEAR SERGEANT BOROWSKI,
THANKS FOR YOUR SERVICE AS A MEDICAL NCO. THANKS, TOO, FOR THE LIVES YOU SAVED. SUNDAY WAS THE 42ND ANNIVERSARY OF THE FALL OF SAIGON. I AM SO SORRY. IT HAS BEEN FAR TOO LONG FOR ALL OF YOU TO HAVE BEEN GONE. WE APPRECIATE ALL YOU HAVE DONE, AND YOUR SACRIFICE. WATCH OVER THE U.S.A., IT STILL NEEDS YOUR COURAGE. GOD BLESS YOU. MAY THE ANGELS BE AT YOUR SIDE. REST IN PEACE. YOU ARE ALL IN OUR PRAYERS.
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POSTED ON 5.20.2015
POSTED BY: Curt Carter ccarter02@earthlink.net

Remembering An American Hero

Dear SGT Raymond John Borowski, sir

As an American, I would like to thank you for your service and for your sacrifice made on behalf of our wonderful country. The youth of today could gain much by learning of heroes such as yourself, men and women whose courage and heart can never be questioned.

May God allow you to read this, and may He allow me to someday shake your hand when I get to Heaven to personally thank you. May he also allow my father to find you and shake your hand now to say thank you; for America, and for those who love you.

With respect, Sir

Curt Carter
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POSTED ON 3.25.2015

This is my father

This man is truely my hero . A very brave man , he loved his fellow men and loved his family very much . I was 4 years old when he died . I hold on to my memory of him close to my heart always .
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