Kurt Lynn Boorigie of the US Army

Most people who have served this nation have a story or two to tell. Sometimes the stories are incredible, action packed tales of triumph, sometimes they can be just down right funny, and sometimes they can absolutely heart breaking. Today we salute Kurt Lynn Boorigie of the United States Army. Kurt is no longer with us. He passed away in 2003 from lung cancer, but his stories and his legacy live on. Kurt’s niece Hunter wrote in to tell me about him. He was in the 101st Airborne Screaming Eagles from his enlistment in 1980 on. He saw action in Lebanon, and other places, He made Sergeant, but Kurt’s real story hits you right in the heart. On a return trip home after a Peace keeping deployment, Sergeant Boorigie allowed another of his troops take his seat on the full flight so that this man could get home a day sooner to be with his wife and brand new baby. Sergeant Boorigie opted to take the man’s seat on the next flight a day later… The original flight, including the new father crashed shortly after takeoff, killing all 248 soldiers aboard. This was known as the Gander Plane crash, and it will never be forgotten by those who were there, and certainly was never forgotten by Sergeant Boorigie, who carried that burden of that loss for the rest of his days. His story was incredible and tragic. He shared it with many including his niece Hunter. For his bravery and for his loss, today we salute Sergeant Kurt Lynn Boorigie of the United States Army.