Ray Border,American hero killed in action (October 19th, 2011),upload requested by "spartan112" of liveleak.
The events of Operation Enduring Freedom -- taking place almost 7,000 miles away -- were brought home to Coshocton on Tuesday.
Hundreds came out to pay their respects to U.S. Navy Builder Chief Petty Officer Raymond Border, who was killed Oct. 19 in Paktika Province, Afghanistan."You watch this happening on TV and think, 'It could never happen to us.' When it happens to your own family, it hurts," said Dick Border, Raymond Border's great-uncle. "He's a hero to us.""We had two sons and a son-in-law that served in the military. They're out now," said his wife, Maxine, as they waited for the arrival of the casket Tuesday morning at Richard Downing Airport.Maxine was impressed by the number of first responders, law enforcement officials, firefighters and emergency medical personnel gathered at the airport to be there when the Falcon 20 jet landed."It's great, what the community is doing," she said.
Border is a son of Craig and Julie Border, of West Lafayette, and they and other family members were taken to the airport from Miller Funeral Home by a Muskingum Coach bus, where they waited with about 125 other people.In addition to the Naval honor guard, about 14 members of the Ohio Patriot Guard Riders were present to greet the fallen Seabee.
A still fog shrouded the runway Tuesday morning, which forced the airplane into a standby pattern until the white mist lifted.
The pilot suggested diverting to Zanesville Airport, but that idea was rejected at the prompting of Naval Commander Donald Ross.
"We've got a community that's turned out here to greet this man," Ross said.
The plane touched down about 11:25 a.m., almost an hour later than planned, and the quiet was broken only by the sound of the jet engine as it landed. The collective crowd stood in absolute silence as Naval personnel unloaded the casket. The family then spent some time with the
casket on the tarmac before it was loaded into the waiting hearse.An honor motorcade with the hearse and a Muskingum Coach bus with the family then started down Airport Road. Border's brother, Holden, drove a blue Ford pickup truck, carrying three flags.That was the idea of her son-in-law, Chuck Weaver, who served with Raymond for eight years, Julie Border said.
She also noticed a group belonging to the Veterans Honor Guard standing at
the intersection of Airport Road and U.S. 36 when the bus drove up to await the plane's arrival."That was nice of them to be out there," she said.
On the return trip, Airport Road was lined with about 228 Coshocton County Career Center students holding flags, banners and a photo of Border.A 1999 Ridgewood High School graduate, Border also was a two-year building trades student at the career center.
The honor motorcade also consisted of Ohio Patriot Guard Riders, several cruisers from the Coshocton County Sheriff's Office, the West Lafayette Police Department, Dresden Police Department and trucks from seven of the eight fire companies in the county.Coshocton County resident Dick Timmons was part of the motorcycle group.
"We were asked to do this and are honored to do it for the fallen military," he said. "I had a family member over there, you know, and am lucky it didn't happen to him."Hundreds more turned out to honor the Coshocton native, lining Main Street and holding U.S.flags while the motorcade made its way to Miller Funeral Home."It's awesome that Coshocton would turn out to do this," said Tammy Jones, of Coshocton. "We need to show our support. He fought for our freedom."Hundreds again stood in silence at the funeral home. Among them was Gilbert Parkhill, who stood with hat in hand next to his wife, Doris."We came to pay our respects," Gilbert said.
Doris said her heart goes out to Border's family.
"It's such a tragedy," she said. "I feel for his parents, and for the children."
The Coshocton County Veterans Service Commission plans to place a KIA sign with Border's name on Bridge 2 on County Road 124, near the family home,about a half-mile north of County Road 16.The funeral of U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Jorge Oliveira, who was killed with Border, was Friday.
Oliveira was a 33-year-old National Guardsman and sheriff's deputy for the Essex County Sheriff's Office in New York and was serving his third tour of duty.
Rip to an American hero.
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