Name: Frederick Earl Borczynski
Rank: Sergeant / Specialist Five
Pay Grade: E5
Home of Record: Buffalo, NY
Birth Date: June 12, 1947
Religion: Roman Catholic
Death Date: September 26, 1968
Cause of Death: "ground casualty gun, small arms fire hostile";
Died in Kien Tuong at age 21
The body was recovered.
Dick Trotter's friend's or family sent him about 5 shirts saying MUDHOLE AC (Activitity Center). I think Lannie Stone, Borczynski (Ski) and a couple of others wore these proudly. For the record, Sgt. Hicks and Sgt. Williams were severely wounded the same day Bollman, Pruett, Borczynski, Hayes, and Trotter were Killed in Action. Sgt.Deschenes was killed approximately 6 weeks later. I realize many more were wounded at that time and we'll figure it all out in time.
Picture of Sgts Borczynski and Hicks.
Ski as he was known to us was a laugh a minute and the world centered around him. He was the life of the party and as quick witted as any stand up comedian. Ski was married an constantly talked about going home to start a family. Ski was from New York and he had that heavy inter city accent. Ski was a fire team leader for Dick Trotter an where you found one you'd find the other. Another good buddy of Ski's was SSGT Otis Williams wounded the same day Ski and four other men were killed. Ski was a short timer and like Dick Trotter had less than a week or so before his DEROS. Everybody liked Ski and when he was KIA he took with him the soul of our unit. You never forget a guy like him. Also from third platoon KIA that day was Dick Trotter, Robert Bollman, James R. Pruett and Danny Hayes. Rest in peace my brother until we meet again. God Bless you.
Ray Heltzel Co. D. 6/31st Inf. third platoon.
(L) Barr, Ski, & (R) William "Pee-Wee" Krumweide, Weapons Plt.
I was 12 when my uncle (Ski) was killed. It is great,but also very emotional to see these pictures. He loved Aunt Sharon so much. After all of these years she is still apart of our family. The last memory I had of my uncle was his leaving for Viet Nam in uniform. He sure was handsome. I was the 1st niece, so my uncles used to bring me along on trips to stores, or to see the girls. I thought I was special,now that I am older I think they had a plan,if the girls saw them with kid's the girl of their dreams would be more attrated to them (LOL). Thanks again for taking the time to do this. I am sure it is emotional for you also.
I'm Maureen's little sister and had discovered this site. I was only three when Uncle Freddy (Ski) died. These pictures of him are very special to us. I have only seen family pictures of him in Cheektowaga. What a handsome man - I can see why Aunt Sharon fell head over heels for him. We are waiting to show my mother these pictures because she is not well and it will be very emotional for her. I have one small memory of sitting on his lap in my Grandma Helen's kitchen. The comments about him are going to mean so much to my Mom (Carol the oldest of 10. That he is remembered and thought of so highly by his friends is very touching. You have made a difference... thank you.
I am LeRoy l. Rush Live in Georgia. I was in same Co. as Ski and Trotter. I was in the second platoon ,I was a SSG just as Trotter, I knew both of them. I went out on a ambush with both of them the night before they were killed. When we went out on that ambush, Trotter and Ski objected to their platoon leader that they only had days left in the Army. The platoon leader told them if they would accept the mission, he would send them both back on the resupply chopper the next morning, so they consented to the platoon leader and went. When. We arrived the back the next morning one of our sister companys was in contact and no resupply chopper came in. As fate would have it Trotter and Sky were put on the first lift out to go and help that company. I will never forget this, when their chopper flew by,both were sitting in the door of the chopper, side by side as they always were waving at us. Still standing waiting for my platoon to be picked up and were inserted just as Sky and Trotter. They secured the landing zone for us to land, but they were ambushed when they landed. We came in just as they had landed. Both were killed when we landed. That was the last time that I seen either of them alive. They were friends of mine, and I miss them to this day. I will never forget those two. I have went to the Wall and have both of their names , upstairs in my office clearly to be seen by all who enters. My God Bless Trotter and Ski, and their families. RIP