REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR MEL ROY BALLARD
POSTED ON 10.14.2017
POSTED BY: K

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

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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POSTED ON 4.18.2017
POSTED BY: Jim Knight

Remembering you on this day April 18th 2017

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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POSTED ON 4.18.2017
POSTED BY: A Grateful Vietnam Veteran

Distinguished Service Cross

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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POSTED ON 11.5.2016
POSTED BY: Lucy Conte Micik

Remembered

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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POSTED ON 5.23.2015
POSTED BY: Suzanne Ballard

wrong photo

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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