Honoring a Fallen Hero

Honoring a Fallen Hero

Cpl. Christopher D. Bordoni. (Provided)

In the midst of a community that was pulling together to support various benefits for Cpl. Christopher D. Bordoni that would have assisted with his recovery, the news arrived that he succumbed to serious injuries sustained while serving in Afghanistan.

On Jan. 18, 2012, Cpl. Christopher D. Bordoni, age 21, was critically wounded during an attack by a suicide bomber while on patrol in the Kajaki region of Afghanistan. Cpl. Bordoni was serving as a Rifleman with Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment. This was Cpl. Bordoni’s second tour of duty in Afghanistan; he was deployed in April of 2011 and was expected to come home in the beginning of February 2012.

Cpl. Bordoni succumbed to his injuries on April 3, 2012.

On Tuesday, a motorcade that departed from Syracuse, where Cpl. Bordoni was flown in, brought him back to his hometown of Ithaca, N.Y. in a procession that traveled through the city and arrived at Bangs Funeral Home.

Participating in the motorcade was the Bordoni family, several Marines, patrol vehicles from several police agencies, Bangs Ambulance, the Ithaca Fire Department and the Patriot Guard Riders.

Calling hours took place on Wednesday, with the funeral held Thursday.

Cpl. Bordoni grew up in Ithaca, and in 2008 he graduated from Ithaca High School and joined the Marine Corps shortly after.

Following the Jan. 18, 2012 attack, in which Cpl. Bordoni was severely injured, he was hospitalized in Germany, and then transported to San Antonio, Texas to receive treatment for his wounds. By his side in Texas was his father Tim, his mother Carol, and his wife Jesse.

During his career he earned the Purple Heart, Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal and NATO Medal-ISAF Afghanistan.

On Tuesday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo directed that flags on state government buildings be flown at half staff.