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Aurora’s Borgman Honored As Reds’ Hometown Hero

Posted On September 18, 2017

By Travis Thayer

John Borgman was honored as the Cincinnati Bell Reds’ Hometown Hero during Sunday’s 5-2 Reds win over the Pittsburgh Pirates. Photo courtesy P.G. Gentrup.

(Cincinnati, Oh.) – A 20-plus year military Veteran was honored for his service at Great American Ball Park this past weekend.

Lieutenant Colonel John Borgman was recognized as the Cincinnati Bell Reds’ Hometown Hero during the Reds’ 5-2 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sunday.

The Aurora native spent over 20 years as an Army Special Forces Green Beret. During his highly decorated career, he earned over 30 medals including: the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Expert Infantryman’s Badge, Air Medical with four oak leaf clusters, Senior Parachutist Badge with a star for combat jump, and the Bronze Star with “V” for Valor

On three different occasions, Borgman earned two oak leaf clusters for gallantry in action, in addition to receiving a gold star for at least 100 airborne jumps.

Perhaps, Borgman is best known for leading the last battalion size airborne jump in Vietnam with 500 men under his command.

He was accompanied to Sunday’s game by his wife, Marianne, daughter, Chrissy, son-in-law, Dave, and his three grandchildren, Elsa, Evan and Elliot.

Borgman received a standing ovation from the GABP crowd, along with a game ball, Reds challenge coin and Hometown Hero Reds cap.