Alaska e-Post online
Three Fort Richardson paratroopers were killed in two separate incidents in Iraq April 12.
Spc. John G. Borbonus and Cpl. Cody Putman were killed when a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device detonated causing multiple buildings to collapse in south Baghdad. Borbonus, 19, of Boise, Idaho, was an infantryman who joined the Army in June 2005 and was assigned to Fort Richardson in December 2005. Putman, 22, of Lafayette, Ind., was a cavalry scout who joined the Army in March 2005 and was assigned to Fort Richardson in September 2005. Borbonus was with Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 1st Squadron, 40th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division. Putman was assigned to B Troop, 1st Sqdn., 40th Cav.
Seven other paratroopers — all assigned to 1st Sqdn., 40th Cav. — were injured in the incident. Five were listed as seriously injured and two listed as not seriously injured. All were evacuated to the 28th Combat Support Hospital in Iraq.
Spc. James T. Lindsey was killed when his patrol was struck by a roadside bomb in south Baghdad.
Lindsey, 20, of Florence, Ala., was a fire support specialist who joined the Army in February 2005 and was assigned to Fort Richardson in August 2005. Lindsey was assigned to C Company, 3rd Battalion, 509th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th BCT, 25th ID.
One other paratrooper was injured in the incident. He was listed as very seriously injured and was evacuated to the 28th Combat Support Hospital in Iraq. The injured paratrooper was also assigned to 3rd Bn., 509th PIR.
All next of kin have been notified.