CARL H BALLARD
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HONORED ON PANEL 1E, LINE 25 OF THE WALL

CARL HERSHEL BALLARD

WALL NAME

CARL H BALLARD

PANEL / LINE

1E/25

DATE OF BIRTH

12/09/1939

CASUALTY PROVINCE

PR & MR UNKNOWN

DATE OF CASUALTY

07/18/1963

HOME OF RECORD

MADILL

COUNTY OF RECORD

Marshall County

STATE

OK

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

SP5

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR CARL HERSHEL BALLARD
POSTED ON 8.2.2017
POSTED BY: Lisa Richardson

To my Uncle Butch

I barely remember you Uncle Butch, but I do know who you were. I am sorry that you lost your life there and how you lost it. But, you live in our memories!
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POSTED ON 12.9.2016
POSTED BY: Dennis Wriston

I'm proud of our Vietnam Veterans

Staff Sergeant Carl Hershel Ballard, Served with the 114th Assault Helicopter Company, Delta Aviation Battalion, Military Assistance Command Vietnam (MACV).
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POSTED ON 11.5.2016
POSTED BY: Lucy Conte Micik

Remembered

DEAR SPEC 5 BALLARD,
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE AS A GRUNT. 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 6.12.2016
POSTED BY: Lisa Marie Richardson

My Uncle "Butch" Ballard....

I was very young when Uncle Butch was killed... he was the first Oklahomian to be killed (by friendly fire) in the Vietnam War...
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POSTED ON 5.1.2016
POSTED BY: wkillian@smjuhsd.org

Misadventure (Friendly Fire)

SP5 Carl H. Ballard was an infantryman serving with 114th Aviation Company, Delta Aviation Battalion. On July 18, 1963, SP5 Ballard was fatally wounded when a confused exchange of fire took place between American personnel at his company’s air strip. The shooting was triggered by a false alarm when a guard posted at the air strip at Vinh Long shot at what he believed to be approaching Communist guerrillas. Another U.S. guard opened up immediately afterward, creating the illusion of a hostile force moving on the strip. Two U.S. groups joined in the shooting under the impression the original fire was from enemy forces. Another U.S. serviceman was wounded in the incident. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org]
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