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Birthdate & Date of Loss

Date of birth: January 5, 1916
Date of death: October 11, 1942
Age: 26

Lucky Bag

1939 Border LB.jpg

From the 1939 Lucky Bag:



Roughsketch, Maximus

A year on a dude ranch started Roughsketch singing "The Strawberry Roan" to himself and whistling "Red River Valley," off key, to the world at large. A year of pre-law at University of Washington fostered his unbeatable, if illogical, argumentative power. Three years in China provided him a wealth of plebe baiting questions such as the exact population of Tsing-tao. And these four years at the Academy have made him a past master in the ways of the female. With this indoctrination, Karl points toward success in the Service; success well aided by a sense of humor, an ability to make and keep friends, and the determination that has served so well against those two crowning obstacles, Mechanical Drawing and Nav. P-Works.

Boxing 4, 3; Soccer 4; Wrestling 1; Boat Club 4, 3, 2, 1; 2 Stripes.


Captain (USN) Lee S. Border, USNA Class of 1905 (center), and his two sons, Ensigns Robert L. Border (left) and Karl F. Border, graduation day, 1 June 1939. Borders’ Collection

From Find A Grave:

While the stone says he died October 11, 1944, he actually died in an aircraft accident at Ewa Airfield, HI, on October 11, 1942. May he rest in peace in the knowledge of his devotion to his family, his service, and his country.

His wife was listed as next of kin.

According to West Point.org, the two brothers were roommates in USS Tennessee (BB 43). Karl was detailed to a flight school class that convened in September 1941.

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