Before He Was In McHale’s Navy, He Was In The Real Navy. Chief Petty Officer Ernest Borgnine Passes.

by Daniel Russ on July 8, 2012

Petty Officer Ernest Borgnine


Ernest Borgnine, (January 24, 1917 – July 8, 2012) a graduate of James Hillhouse High School in New Haven Connecticutt, 18  year old Ernest Borgnine joined the United States Navy six years before Pearl Harbor. He served as a Gunners Mate 1st class aboard the destroyer USS Lamberton (DD-119). Borgnine was awarded the American Defense Service Medal, the Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal and the World War II Victory Medal. Borgnine died  of renal failure. He was 95.



Ernest Borgnine

Ernest Borgnine


Source: Wikipedia


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Laurie Wade Gardonyi July 21, 2012 at 7:21 am

Thanks for a great story! I was so saddened to learn of this American hero’s passing! There is a great little restaurant in NYC that holds an annual Ernest Borgnine Night ( He was such a class act and while I’m not a celebrity hound, I would have loved to have met him!! May you rest in peace, Mr. Borgnine!

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