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Birthdate & Date of Loss

Date of birth: March 8, 1922
Date of death: November 2, 1951
Age: 29

Lucky Bag

1946 Borbidge LB.jpg

From the 1946 Lucky Bag:

John Joseph Borbidge

Tampa, Florida

Though Jack is an "Army Brat," he forsook West Point to get his schooling here at Crabtown. He soon gained fame as a chowhound, always outdistancing his nearest competitor at any table. His interests were with football in the spring and fall, and he could be found on his sack the rest of the time. Few men have had a harder race with the Academic Department than Jack, but he made up for his academic deficiencies with an uncanny ability for identifying any airplane he might see or hear. His weaknesses, if we should call them that, are pretty nurses and classical music.

The Class of 1946 was graduated in June 1945 due to World War II. The entirety of 2nd class (junior) year was removed from the curriculum.


From Find A Grave:

Inscription: In memory of Lt. John J. Borbidge USN, USNA, Fighter Pilot, Killed in Service, While Flying from an Aircraft Carrier Nov. 2, 1951

In addition to the memory marker in Arlington National Cemetery, there is another in California.

He was assigned to Fighter Squadron (VF) 174 and likely operating from USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CVA 42) in the Mediterranean; the ship departed for a deployment in September 1951 with that squadron embarked.

Class Navigation

Class of 1946
John is one of 35 members of the Class of 1946 in Memorial Hall.
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