Saturday, Oct. 25, 2008

KU Honors Golden Bear Football Alumnus Lt. David Borden

Photos of the ceremony | Media Coverage

     Kutztown University is proud to honor Golden Bear football alumnus Lieutenant David A. Borden, who was injured serving in Iraq earlier this year, prior to KU's football game vs. Millersville on homecoming, Saturday, Oct. 25, 2008.

The recognition took place at 1 p.m., just before kickoff.

     Borden attended Kutztown from 1999-2003, playing for the Golden Bears as a wide receiver during that time.  Borden had 45 receptions for 617 yards and six touchdowns in four seasons for the KU football team. 

     He graduated in December 2003 with a degree in business-finance. After entering the workforce upon graduation, Borden decided to follow his lifelong dream of being a United States Marine Officer.

     After completing Officer Candidate School, Basic School and the Infantry Officer Course at Quantico, Lieutenant Borden was assigned to 1st Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment at Camp Lejeune, N.C., as a Rifle Platoon Commander. In September 2007, he was deployed to Ramadi, Iraq.

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Hero or not, Borden is truly an inspiration

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Despite injuries suffered in Iraq, Borden says he's no hero

by Jeff Schuler (Allentown Morning Call)
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Wounded Marine recovers at Walter Reed

by Erin James (Hanover Evening Sun)
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     Five months later, while leading a platoon of 40 Marines through Ramadi, fighting broke out with a group of insurgents.  One marine was killed and four others injured.  Borden was among the injured.  He suffered multiple internal injuries, broken bones and an amputation below the right knee.  Thankfully, though, he survived the attack.

     Since then, Borden has been at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, in Washington, D.C., where typically he has five hours of rehabilitation per day.  He has undergone 29 operations, with another, hopefully final operation on the horizon. 

     He hopes to return to active duty by next year. 

     Kutztown welcomed back Lt. Borden and his family — his father, David, Sr.; mother, Tina; sisters Ciara, a 2005 KU graduate, and Maggie; and brother, Nick, a 2007 KU graduate, for the ceremony and game.

    Borden was presented with a state proclamation, sponsored by Pa. State Senators Michael O'Pake and Mike Waugh.  He also received a signed football by the 2008 Golden Bears, and a personalized jersey with his name and number, 82, on it.




 Photos of 10/25 ceremony

KU president Dr. F. Javier Cevallos presents a proclamation to Lt. David Borden at University Field on Oct 25, 2008.  
in this picture, left-to-right: KU color guard, KU President Dr. F. Javier Cevallos, Lt. David Borden '03, Nick Borden '07 (brother), Kutztown Mayor Sandy Green, Maggie Borden, Tina Borden (mother) and Ciara Borden '05. (photo by Jeff Unger)


With the KU color guard in the background, Lt. David Borden addresses the crowd at University Field on Oct. 25, 2008.
(photo by Jeff Unger)


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