Seabee's body being flown in to Delaware from Afghanistan

By KAREN NELSONklnelson@sunherald.com

GULFPORT -- The parents of Chief Petty Officer Raymond Border, 31, a Gulfport Seabee who was killed Wednesday in Afghanistan said his body is being flown to Delaware and should arrive tonight. Members of his family, including his fiancee and his ex-wife are in Delaware now.

According to the Department of Defense website, an Army staff sergeant from New Jersey was killed with Border, who died inspecting a highway in Paktika province. His parents said that an improvised explosive device was detonated and killed their son.

His parents, Craig and Julie Border of West Lafayette, Ohio, said Raymond was inspecting a road for a convoy to pass and had stepped out of his vehicle when the mine went off. Killed with him was Jorge M. Oliveira, 33, of Newark, N.J.

Raymond Border had been a Seabee for 12 years and loved the work, his father said. He has served one tour in Iraq and this was his second in Afghanistan. He served with the Navy Mobile Construction Battalion 74, but was on an individual assignment separate from the battalion this tour.

He has a home in Gulfport where he has lived for 12 years. He had two children of his own, Donovan, 13, and Shlva, 8.