From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Karl Border '39

Date of birth: January 5, 1916

Date of death: October 11, 1942

Age: 26

Lucky Bag

From the 1939 Lucky Bag:


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. They had married in June, 1942.

Karl's younger brother Robert also graduated with the class of 1939. According to West Point.org, the two brothers were roommates on the USS Tennessee (BB 43). Karl was detailed to a flight school class that convened in September 1941. He received his wings from Pensacola Training School for Officers in April, 1942.

Class of 1939

Karl is one of 77 members of the Class of 1939 on Virtual Memorial Hall.