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Benjamin Borax

SGT in 3133rd Signal Service Co


Born 1909 in NY, Died 2000


County of residence at enlistment: New York County, NY
Other residence(s): New York, NY; Rockville Center, NY; Floral Park, NY
United States Army, European Theatre of Operations
Occupation before the war: credit men
College education before the war: 3 years
Source: 3133rd Program, 15 Sept 1944; 3133rd roster from 10th Mountain Division Museum at Fort Drum, NY

Benjamin Borax was born on July 10, 1909 in New York City.

His 1940 draft card says he was self-employed; the 1940 census lists him as a salesman of wholesale dresses. (His father was a pattern maker, also in wholesale dresses, so there was probably a connection there.) His 1942 enlistment record says he was a "credit man" and that he had 3 years of college.

He may have attended an Army Specialized Training Program (ASTP) at Stanford University in 1943-44. (This was a program designed to meet the wartime demand for junior officers and soldiers with technical skills.) (Note: there was another Benjamin Borax from California who also filled out a draft card, so it is possible this could be the other Borax. I found the link to the record in the ancestry family tree for the Ghost Army Ben Borax, but I can't guarantee this is our guy since there's only a name in a listing to go on.)

After the war he married Jacqueline Cahan on December 16, 1946, and they honeymooned in Havana, Cuba. They had two daughters: Susan and Patricia.

City directories and passenger lists show him living in Rockville Center, NY in the late 1950s and 1960, and in Floral Park, NY from 1987 on.

He died on April 6, 2000 in Floral Park, NY and is buried at Mount Lebanon Cemetery in Glendale, NY.

NOTE: There was a Ben Borax who was a collage artist who exhibited at a number of New York galleries in the 1970s and 1980s. He was a member of a Long Island artist-run cooperative/gallery by the name of B.J. Spoke. Since the GA Benjamin Borax lived in Long Island, and since there doesn't seem to be another East Coast Ben Borax with any data in ancestry, I think it's highly likely that this is the same guy, but I have no hook to make the connection. I contacted the Gallery and they checked, but couldn't find any info.

I've put the articles about the collage art at the end of the "Sources" section.


1942 enlistment record

Army Specialized Training Program at Stanford (see p. 8)

Marriage License

Death record

Find a Grave record

NY Daily News, March 9, 1975; Gallery Show

NY Times, January 15, 1989; Gallery Show

NY Times, January 14, 1990; Gallery Show

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