Anthony J BorregoFirst Lieutenant
ADVISORY TEAM 23 (2ND BN, 42ND ARVN RGT), MACV ADVISORS
Army of the United States
25 March 1942 - 05 July 1967
West Paterson, New Jersey
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Lieutenant Anthony Joseph Borrego was my cousin.
I was 12 years old then, but the pain has never left me.
I love him with all my heart and need to honor his short life.
( From cousin Aprile Penhall )
My cousin, Anthony, was a very loving and good natured person.
We miss him very much.
( From Nancy Fierro Melnas )
I went to high school with Tony Borrego. We were basses in choir together. Tony read music very well and I didn't read at all so I would just listen to Tony and I'd sing the notes he sang. He and I sang and played guitars together. I would take the bus to his house on occasion and he would give me guitar lessons and let me play his beautiful Gibson electric. I remember us doing "Bye Bye Love" for some show at a hospital. He was an excellent guitarist, and a fine pianist who played for the choir when we did Handel. He also played the accordion quite well.
At Passaic Valley High Tony was one of the few people whom everybody loved. He had a happy disposition and you could tell that he was very sincere. He made terrible puns ... I remember him singing his own version of "Kiss of Fire": "I kiss your lips and all at once your teeth go flying".
I make my living now as a musician and songwriter, and I often perform a song I wrote for Tony called "Paterson Summer". The lyric in part reads:
I feel privileged to have known him and to have been his friend, and I know many who would say the same thing.
From a friend,
A Note from The Virtual WallAnthony J. Borrego was born on March 25, 1942 in West Paterson, NJ. He graduated from the U. S. Military Academy at West Point in 1965 and was trained as an infantry officer, completing both airborne and Ranger courses.
He was a member of MACV Advisory Team 23 and was attached to the 2nd Bn, 42nd ARVN Regiment. On 28 June 1967, while his unit was working with elements of the 1st Cavalry Divison and 173rd Airborne Brigade in Operation GREELEY, it was ambushed on Highway 14 south of Dak To, Kontum Province. The ambush cost the lives of nine American soldiers:
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 24 Mar 1999
Last updated 09/26/2006