|Birth: ||Feb. 5, 1925|
|Death: ||Mar. 16, 2007|
LEROY CURTIS BORDEN was born on 5 February 1925 in Blakely, Georgia. He spent most of his childhood in Albany, Georgia until enlisting in the U.S. Army at Fort Benning, Georgia in 1942.
After his basic training at Camp Wolters Texas, he then made his entry into World War II at Omaha Beach, in Normandy, France. While assigned to 3rd Army, he participated in numerous operations including the Red Ball Express, from beginning to end, as well as, the Battle of the Bulge. At the end of World War II, he remained on active duty serving during the Korean and Vietnam conflicts until his appointment to the White House Transportation Agency, in August 1966.
As Sergeant Major, he had operational control of the U.S. Army Transportation Agency, White House. These duties and responsibilities were quite vast but included no less than the training, equipping and supervision of U.S. Army chauffeurs, as well as, maintaining a motor pool for the direct support of Senior White House Staff to the President. Additionally, he was responsible for planning and implementing the direct support of Presidential Motorcades, on all foreign and domestic trip sites.
In December of 1971, after 30 years in the U.S. Army, and distinguished service to this Great Nation, he retired. In January of1972, Mr. Borden continued his lifelong service and dedication to the Transportation Corps and Nation, by becoming the civilian Director of the White House Transportation Agency.
As the Director, he served faithfully, honorably and superbly, under eight (8) Presidential administrations, beginning with President Lyndon B. Johnson and concluding with George W. Bush. Some of the more noteworthy events are outlined below.
LYNDON B. JOHNSON ADMINISTRATION -MERCURY'S (FORD MOTOR CO.), SUPPLIER OF OFFICIAL WHITE HOUSE VEHICLES
-ASSASSINATION OF ROBERT KENNEDY
-ASSASSINATION OF MARTIN LUTHER KING JR
-RIOTING AND BURNING OF WASHINGTON DC, NATIONAL GUARD CALLED, DC IN CONSTANT "LOCK-DOWN" (HAD TO SHOW WHITE HOUSE PASS TO GET ACROSS LINCOLN MEMORIAL BRIDGE)
-VIETNAM WAR PROTEST MARCHES
RICHARD M. NIXON ADMINISTRATION -TRANSISTION TO CHRYSLER AS SUPPLIER OF OFFICIAL WHITE HOUSE VEHICLES
-MAJOR SET-UP OF "WESTERN WHITE HOUSE" IN SAN CLEMENTE CALIFORNIA (ENTAILED SETTING UP THE ENTIRE WHITE HOUSE TRANSPORTATION AGENCY OPERATION IN CALIFORNIA FOR DURATION FOR EACH OF THE PRESIDENTS' TRIPS)
-FIRST PRESIDENT TO TRAVEL EXTENSIVELY WORLDWIDE. LARGE CONTINGENT OF TRANSPORTATION PERSONNEL INCLUDING MR. BORDEN ACCOMPANIED THE PRESIDENT AND STAFF ON THE AROUND THE WORLD TRIP, WHICH INCLUDED THAILAND AND OTHER FAR EAST NATIONS. DURING THIS TRIP MR. BORDEN WORKED AS A BAGGAGE HANDLER, IN ADDITION TO BEING DIRECTOR, IN ORDER TO BETTER UNDERSTAND AND ANTICIPATE THE NEEDS OF HIS PERSONNEL ON FUTURE ASSIGNMENTS.
-PROTEST MARCHES OF VIETNAM WAR
-APRIL 1971, TENT CITY ESTABLISHED ALONG REFLECTING POOL AT LINCOLN MEMORIAL IN DC (COMPRISED MAINLY OF VIETNAM PROTESTERS)
-END OF VIETNAM WAR
GERALD R. FORD ADMINISTRATION
-SUPPORTED A SUDDEN, UNEXPECTED TRANSITION OF ADMINISTRATIONS
JIMMY CARTER ADMINISTRATION
-CUT THE NUMBER OF VEHICLES IN THE WHITE HOUSE MOTOR POOL, BUT STILL MAINTAINED THE SAME REQUIREMENTS AND MISSION -OIL CRISIS, GAS RATIONING
RONALD REAGAN ADMINISTRATION
-SET-UP OPERATIONS IN SANTA BARBARA CALIFORNIA SIMILAR TO THAT DURING THE NIXON ERA (FULLY OPERATIONAL MOTOR POOL AND APPLICABLE PERSONNEL)
-ASSASSINATION ATTEMPT ON PRESIDENT
GEORGE H.W. BUSH ADMINISTRATION
WILLIAM J. CLINTON ADMINISTRATION
-OKLAHOMA CITY BOMBING GEORGE W. BUSH ADMINISTRATION
-SEPTEMBER 11th ATTACK (SAFEGUARD WHITE HOUSE STAFF, WORKED WITH USSS AND ADMINISTRATION TO DEVELOP TRANSPORTATION SECURITY PROTOCOLS).
-IRAQ AND AFGHAN WAR AND WAR ON TERROR (SUPPORTED PRESIDENTIAL VISITS TO BOTH IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN).
It is also important to note that during transition from one administration to the next, the White House Transportation Agency was responsible for providing support to the outgoing and incoming administrations. The only exception was at the end of the Clinton Administration, when the Agency provided support for President Clinton's Staff, Vice-President Gore's Staff and Governor Bush's Staff, due to a delay in confirmation of the Presidential Election results.
Mr. Borden officially retired from the White House Military Office on June 30, 2005, with a combined 63 years of Federal Service to our Great Nation.
He was laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery in 2007.
On 9 July 2010, Leroy C. Borden was inducted into the U.S. Army Transportation Hall of Fame, posthumously.
Note: CSM US ARMY; WORLD WAR II; KOREA; VIETNAM
Arlington National Cemetery
Plot: Sec: 59, Site: 1436
Maintained by: John Michael
Originally Created by: John C. Anderson
Record added: Mar 05, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 49125780
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