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1930 - 2007

    Captain Bordone was born in Pittsburgh, PA. A graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy Class of 1954, he was designated a Naval Aviator in August 1955 and was assigned to VA 44 for his first operational tour. He accumulated over 5,200 flight hours, 585 carrier landings and 191 combat flights during his distinguished 30 year career, which included three combat tours in Vietnam. 

    Captain Bordone may have been one of the most accomplished, but modest, aviators of the Vietnam War era. In 1963 he was assigned to the first A6A operational squadron (VA-75), and made the first ‘Intruder’ combat deployment to WestPac onboard the USS Independence, (CVA-62). In 1966 “Deke” was assigned to his second Vietnam combat tour, this time with VA-85 flying off the USS Kitty Hawk, (CVA-63). His third combat tour (1972 – 1973) was as Commander Carrier Air Wing Three, flying off the USS Saratoga (CVA 60). As a result of enemy action during the course of his three combat tours, he was forced to eject twice from which he incurred injuries.

A true Naval Aviation “legend”, it can only be said that nothing stopped him from accomplishing his assigned missions. 

He was a member of the coveted Early and Pioneer Naval Aviators Association “Golden Eagles”.

Combat Awards

4 Silver Stars, 6 Distinguished Flying Crosses, the Bronze Star, 19 Air Medals, 2 Purple Hearts and 4 Navy Commendation Medals with Combat “V”.

Aviation and Ship Commands

Commanding Officer, VA 75, (A6A)
Commander Carrier Air Wing 3
Commanding Officer, USS Savannah (AOR-4)
Commanding Officer, USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CV-42) 

    In all his commands he was highly respected as a true leader in the air, and continuously made life ‘fun’ for all as a result of his great sense of humor.

Shore Assignments

A2F Project Officer, Special Weapons BIS Trials (Albuquerque NM); Instructor, VA 42 (NAS Oceana); Senior Officer’s Course, U.S. Naval War College, (Newport Rhode Island); and Chief of Staff, COMNAVAIRLANT.

Aircraft Flown

SNJ; T-28, TV2; T2V; F9F- 2 and 8; SNB; F2H-2; R4D-8; R5D; C-54; P3A; US-2C; A4D-1 and 2; AD-5 and 6; A1H; S2F; A2F; A6A; F3H; FJ-4B; TC4C; E2B; A7B; F4-B and F4-J 

    Captain Bordone retired in 1980 and entered industry serving as Vice President, Engineering Professional Services, Tinton Falls, New Jersey. 

    “Deke” married Mary Belle Skinner of New Bethlehem, PA in 1954. They have two daughters, Renee Biegun and her husband Daniel; Andrea Ghenea and her husband Serban; two sons, Mike Bordone and his wife Wanda; and Bob Bordone and his wife Donna. They have eight grandchildren Alica, Eric, Bryce, Britt, Nick, Zack, Alex and Bella.

Additional Photos

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