JOEL A BALCOM
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HONORED ON PANEL 16W, LINE 22 OF THE WALL

JOEL ARNOLD BALCOM

WALL NAME

JOEL A BALCOM

PANEL / LINE

16W/22

DATE OF BIRTH

07/26/1947

CASUALTY PROVINCE

QUANG NAM

DATE OF CASUALTY

11/03/1969

HOME OF RECORD

INDEPENDENCE

COUNTY OF RECORD

Jackson County

STATE

MO

BRANCH OF SERVICE

NAVY

RANK

HM3

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REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR JOEL ARNOLD BALCOM
POSTED ON 11.1.2016
POSTED BY: Lucy Conte Micik

Remembered

DEAR HOSPITAL CORPSMAN.
THANKS FOR BEING A CORPSMAN WITH THE 1ST MARINES, THANKS FOR THE LIVES YOU SAVED. YOU DIED ON MY BIRTHDAY. TODAY IS ALL SAINTS AND ALL SOULS' DAYS IS TOMORROW - THE DAYS WE HONOR THOSE WHO LEFT US. MAY THE SAINTS AND ANGELS GUIDE YOU. REST IN PEACE.
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POSTED ON 12.23.2015

Final Mission of HM3 Joel A. Balcom

On November 3, 1969, HM3 Joel A. Balcom had less than two weeks left in country and was not required to take the Jeep ambulance out to recover wounded. When the call came for medical assistance, he jumped in the Jeep and went out the road from 1st Tanks toward Hill 10. After approximately an eight minute transit time, he arrived and loaded up three Marines (not from 1st Tanks) and headed toward the 1st Tanks BAS. His ambulance hit a land mine; he was the only one killed. The road had not been swept for mines as it was not yet sunup. (Narrative by David H. Gard) [Taken from usmctanker.us]
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POSTED ON 4.19.2014
POSTED BY: Donald Tripp..................CPL. USMC Vietnam 68/69

Gone but not forgotten.

It's been 45 years now and it seems like it was yesterday. I still miss him and think of him often. VFW Post 1738 in Independence Mo. was named in his honor after I ask the post to consider his name for their post. I am glad his parents got to see this happen. I wish I could talk with his former wife Susan and her daughter but I have lost all trace of them. Joel and I shared the same birthday......but he was 1947 and I was 1950. Rest In Peace Friend.
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POSTED ON 10.19.2013
POSTED BY: Curt Carter

Remembering An American Hero

Dear HM3 Joel Arnold Balcom, sir

As an American, I would like to thank you for your service and for your sacrifice made on behalf of our wonderful country. The youth of today could gain much by learning of heroes such as yourself, men and women whose courage and heart can never be questioned.

May God allow you to read this, and may He allow me to someday shake your hand when I get to Heaven to personally thank you. May he also allow my father to find you and shake your hand now to say thank you; for America, and for those who love you.

With respect, and the best salute a civilian can muster for you, Sir

Curt Carter
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POSTED ON 2.8.2012
POSTED BY: johnny mckinzie

hero

i served with joel, i knew him as my corpsman,as most corpsman i know he cared more for his marines than for himself. semper my friend !
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