Jeff Borr

WO1 Jeffrey Borr was born February 13, 1948. He grew up in Grand Rapids, MI.
According to brother Steve Borr,

Jeff was into astronomy and was active in the Grand Rapids Amateur Astronomical Association. The club built their own observatory and he put in a lot of work in the beginning until he shipped out. They named their primary telescope in that observatory “The Jeffrey Borr Memorial Telescope.”

Jeff always had a love of flying. He was attending Grand Valley State College but dropped out to pursue his passion by signing up in the Army.

Knowing the anti-war sentiment at home, he wrote to us from Vietnam assuring us that the villagers he met were kind people and they appreciated our efforts. Jeff believed in what the USA was doing in Vietnam. When he wrote home explaining his switch to the OH-6A from the Huey, he told us the Huey was too boring and he wanted the action and excitement of the missions the LOH flew.

Jeff wrote us the day he died. He signed off that letter saying, “It’s time for me to go and do my thing.”

He served in C Troop, 7/17 Air Cavalry during Feb 17, 1969 to Sep 9, 1969 when he was killed in a crash of his OH-6A near LZ Two Bits. Records of his service are here:
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A news article follows:

GRAND RAPIDS — Funeral services will be held Monday for Warrant Officer Jeffery Borr, 21, son of Mr. and Mrs. Alvin H. Borr, 300 Spruce St., S.E., Grand Rapids. He was killed in action Sept. 9 in Vietnam while co-pilot on a helicopter which was fired on from the ground.

His mother is the former Miss Mary Jane Dinkeloo of Holland and his grandfather, William Dinkeloo of Grand Rapids is a former Holland resident.

Funeral services will be held at South Congregational Church, Grand Rapids at 11 a.m. Monday with the Rev. Richard L. Ford and the Rev. Edward A. Brigham officiating. Military graveside rites will be conducted at West Lawn Memorial Park.
(From The Holland, Michigan Evening Sentinal, Sep. 26, 1969, page 11.)

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