MICHAEL E BALL
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HONORED ON PANEL 4W, LINE 130 OF THE WALL

MICHAEL EDWARD BALL

WALL NAME

MICHAEL E BALL

PANEL / LINE

4W/130

DATE OF BIRTH

07/18/1952

CASUALTY PROVINCE

QUANG NAM

DATE OF CASUALTY

04/17/1971

HOME OF RECORD

NEWPORT

COUNTY OF RECORD

Campbell County

STATE

KY

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

CPL

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR MICHAEL EDWARD BALL
POSTED ON 7.15.2020
POSTED BY: ANON

Never forgotten

On the remembrance of your 68th birthday, your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Forever 18.

HOOAH
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POSTED ON 4.2.2017

Ground Casualty

CPL Michael E. Ball served with 3rd Platoon, C Company, 3rd Battalion, 21st Infantry, 198th Infantry Brigade. On April 17, 1971, CPL Ball was with his platoon on a combat patrol near An Hoa Airfield in Quang Nam Province, RVN. In the evening, they were preparing to set up their overnight laager. Another platoon had bivouacked nearby and it was standard procedure to place out mechanical ambush devices around their night defensive positions. Some of the squad leaders in 3rd Platoon felt that there was not enough separation between their laager and the other platoon. However, 3rd Platoon’s new leader ignored their concerns and decided they would stay where they were. He then sent out CPL Ball and another trooper to set some ambushes up on a trail. As Ball and the other soldier moved down the trail, they triggered a mechanical ambush that had been place there by the other platoon. There was a large explosion followed by screams. A medic and another soldier rushed the eighty meters to them. Ball was still alive. The blast had severed him from the waist down. He looked up at the medic and said, “Help me doc. I’m hit bad.” He then went into shock and died shortly thereafter. The other soldier suffered severe injuries to his legs. Bother were medivacked to the 23rd Medical Battalion at Hawk Hill. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org and ttu.edu]
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POSTED ON 11.4.2016
POSTED BY: Lucy Conte Micik

Remembered

DEAR CORPORAL BALL,
THANKS FOR YOUR SERVICE AS A GRUNT. MY HUSBAND DIED THIS YEAR ON YOUR ANNIVERSARY. ELECTION DAY IS NEAR AND VETERANS' DAY IS APPROACHING, MAY THE SAINTS AND ANGELS GUIDE YOU. REST IN PEACE.
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POSTED ON 1.5.2016

Ground Casualty

CPL Michael E. Ball served with 3rd Platoon, C Company, 3rd Battalion, 21st Infantry, 198th Infantry Brigade. On April 17, 1971, CPL was killed from injuries suffered when he accidently triggered a mechanical ambush device that had been set by another platoon. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org]
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POSTED ON 4.18.2014
POSTED BY: Curt Carter [email protected]

Remembering An American Hero

Dear CPL Michael Edward Ball, 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, Sir

Curt Carter
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