Right after graduation June '69, Rick joined the US Marines fully expecting to go to Viet Nam. While in, or shortly after completing Basic Training he contracted Spinal Meningitis and died. His personal effects were returned to his mom, and Doris gave much of it to Ron Westby. Ron gave Rick's fatigues and clothes to me because they were too small for Ron. I wore Rick's fatigues for years camping and etc.
When on trips to Washington, D.C. I visted the Viet Nam War Memorial and looked for the name Richard C. Borries. Not finding it in the register/guide to the pannel of various names I asked the Park Ranger for help. He stated, "Unless the men or women were assigned to a unit, their name would not appear in the registry, nor on any pannel of names. Further, there are probably 3,000 to 4,500 names of personnel who passed away durring the length of the Viet Nam War who were either in between assignment, or unit deployment whose names are not registered with this War Memorial."
In 1982 originally 57,939 names were carved into the pannels. By May 29, 2017; 379 names were further added to additional pannel(s) to bring the current total to 58,318. Every morning the Park Rangers gather EVERY SINGLE ITEM, the notes, unit patches, name badges, and every rememberance placed at the base of the individual name pannels, and they are INDIVIDUALLY logged into the archives of the Memorial.
Over the years as Rick's fatigue shirts, and BDU's wore out, I saved the "Borries, Richard" name badges and buttons and would place them at the foot of the last addition pannel on every individual succeeding trip to D.C. along with a note documenting his name to Develop The Legal Record of his Service To This Country.
As of August 2, 2019 Rick's name does not appear in the official records of the Viet Nam War Memorial Archives nor the Official Park Registration.
The true legacy of Richard C. Borries, is his service reminder to every one living, of the sacrifice by all the "silent performers" who gave so much to this great country.
Lynn Schmidt (Johnson)
Thank you for honoring Richard in this way. We were confirmed together and I also knew his Mom quite well. Such a tragedy
The names on the Wall are of KIA’s, MIA, that were in country (Vietnam).......Sorry about your Friend, he would have been a Vietnam Era Veteran......Steven Snyder USMC 69-72
Guri Fjeldheim (Ims)
Beautifull memorial words, Jim. You have honored his memory in a fine way.