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GEORGE GAYRAL ADAMS

  • Wall Name:GEORGE G ADAMS
  • Date of Birth:9/25/1945
  • Date of Casualty:4/18/1968
  • Home of Record:HOUSTON
  • County of Record:HARRIS COUNTY
  • State:TX
  • Branch of Service:ARMY
  • Rank:SP4
  • Panel/Line:50E, 36
  • Casualty Province:BINH DUONG

JERRY LEE BOYLES

  • Wall Name:JERRY L BOYLES
  • Date of Birth:11/8/1948
  • Date of Casualty:4/18/1968
  • Home of Record:FOSTER
  • County of Record:BATES COUNTY
  • State:MO
  • Branch of Service:ARMY
  • Rank:SP4
  • Panel/Line:50E, 36
  • Casualty Province:BIEN HOA

REMEMBRANCES

  • Your death allowed others to live...U Are A Real Hero Mel

    Posted on 10/14/17 - by K
    Thank you for your great sacrifice
    Thank you for your service
    We still remember you
    We still talk about you
    God Bless You
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  • Remembering you on this day April 18th 2017

    Posted on 4/18/17 - by Jim Knight jamespknight46@gmail.com
    Remembering you on this day April 18th 2017 for all that you did to save your army recon patrol buddies pinned down by enemy fire. We will never forget you Mel for your heroic actions on this day back in 1968 in Vietnam.
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  • Distinguished Service Cross

    Posted on 4/18/17 - by A Grateful Vietnam Veteran
    Mel Roy Ballard
    Date of birth: 19-Dec-44
    Date of death: Killed in Action
    Home of record: Redding California
    Status: KIA

    AWARDS AND CITATIONS

    Distinguished Service Cross

    Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

    The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918 (amended by act of July 25, 1963), takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Sergeant Mel Roy Ballard (ASN: 56827483), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations involving conflict with an armed hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam, while serving with Company C, 3d Battalion, 7th Infantry, 199th Infantry Brigade (Separate) (Light). On 18 April 1968 Company C was conducting a reconnaissance-in-force operation through dense jungle vegetation in Bien Hoa Province when it came under violent small arms, automatic weapons and rocket fire from a well-entrenched, camouflaged enemy force. Demonstrating calm, decisive leadership, Sergeant Ballard reorganized his squad, maneuvered them on line and directed their return fire. As the company assaulted the entrenched enemy, it encountered a devastating fusillade of automatic weapons, claymore mine and rocket fire from the hostile positions which seriously wounded Sergeant Ballard and other members of his unit. Ordered to withdraw so that artillery barrages could be called in on the hostile positions, Sergeant Ballard observed several wounded comrades to his front. Refusing to withdraw, he remained in his position to provide covering fire and evacuate the wounded. In an inspiring display of courage and determination, Sergeant Ballad disregarded his own painful wounds and moved unhesitatingly through the dense vegetation, enemy fire, and supporting artillery barrages for more than three hours, carrying the wounded men to safety. When supporting artillery fire was lifted, Sergeant Ballard persisted in his valiant efforts to remove all the wounded from the battle area. As he moved toward a wounded man, he was struck down and mortally wounded by fragments from an exploding enemy rocket. Through his indomitable Spirit and profound courage, Sergeant Ballard saved the lives of six men and enabled the company to destroy the enemy force. Sergeant Ballard's heroic actions were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.

    General Orders: Department of the Army, General Orders No. 58 (September 24, 1969)

    Action Date: 18-Apr-68

    Service: Army

    Rank: Sergeant

    Company: Company C

    Battalion: 3d Battalion

    Regiment: 7th Infantry Regiment, 199th Infantry Brigade
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  • Remembered

    Posted on 11/5/16 - by Lucy Conte Micik bennysgift@gmail.com
    DEAR SERGEANT BALLARD,
    THANKS FOR YOUR SERVICE AS A GRUNT. MY LATE HUSBAND WAS BORN ON YOUR BIRTHDAY. ELECTION DAY IS NEAR AND VETERANS' DAY IS APPROACHING, MAY THE SAINTS AND ANGELS GUIDE YOU. REST IN PEACE.
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  • wrong photo

    Posted on 5/23/15 - by Suzanne Ballard
    The photo you have of the soldier sitting with his hand near his face is NOT Mel R Ballard - it's my husband (still alive at age 72) who was in the same company as Mel R Ballard - my husband is B Russell Ballard. Can you remove that photo from this wall of remembrance, please? Thank you. Russ has memories of Mel Roy Ballard and his handlebar mustache. Maybe you can find that photo?
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The Wall of Faces

Brought to you by the organization that built The Wall, the Vietnam Veterans Virtual Memorial Wall is dedicated to honoring, remembering and sharing the legacies of all those who died in the Vietnam War. Here you can go beyond the names on The Wall to see the faces, share the stories and read the remembrances posted by friends, neighbors, classmates and family members.

All of these photos will be showcased in The Education Center at The Wall on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. To learn more about the effort to collect these photos and ensure their faces will never be forgotten, visit www.buildthecenter.org.