SFC Russell P. Borea

SFC Russell P. Borea


Hometown / City: TUCSON, AZ PIMA
Date of Death: Friday, January 19, 2007
Conflict: Operation Iraqi Freedom (Iraq)
Branch: U.S. Army
Rank: SFC

Birth: Jul. 28, 1968
Stamford, Fairfield County
Connecticut, USA
Death: Jan. 19, 2007, Iraq

Army Sgt. 1st Class Borea was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Bliss, Texas. Borea died of wounds suffered when an improvised explosive device detonated near his Humvee during combat operations in Mosul. His unit is stationed in Mosul, and its soldiers are working to clear roads, train Iraqi army soldiers, provide air support and provide for the safety and stability of the area by conducting combat patrols aimed at disrupting insurgent activity. Russell's family moved to Tucson when he was young. He graduated from Catalina High School in 1986 where he played basketball and football and after high school he spent several years in civilian jobs, including a stint as a manager of a local pizza parlor. He attended Troy State University, graduated Magna Cum Laude, receiving a B.S. Degree in Social Science with a concentration in History. In 1995, he decided to join the Army and had been in Iraq since November. He had received numerous awards and medals including: Combat Infantry Badge, Drill Sergeant Identification Badge, Bronze Star Medal and Purple Heart. Russell is remembered as a tender hearted, humble man who was full of integrity, wisdom, loyalty and compassion. He was a very soft-spoken and gentle person who neighbors remember seeing work outside his home on landscaping projects with his wife and daughter before he was deployed. After celebrating his birthday last year, Russell gave his brother his Army jacket, knowing he'd be in Iraq for a year – his brother believes that Russell knew he wasn't coming back.

East Lawn Palms Cemetery & Mortuary
Pima County
Arizona, USA

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