MEL R BALLARD
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HONORED ON PANEL 50E, LINE 36 OF THE WALL

MEL ROY BALLARD

WALL NAME

MEL R BALLARD

PANEL / LINE

50E/36

DATE OF BIRTH

12/19/1944

CASUALTY PROVINCE

BIEN HOA

DATE OF CASUALTY

04/18/1968

HOME OF RECORD

REDDING

COUNTY OF RECORD

Shasta County

STATE

CA

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

SGT

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Contact Details

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR MEL ROY BALLARD
POSTED ON 5.31.2002
POSTED BY: CLAY MARSTON

IN REMEMBRANCE OF THIS HEROIC YOUNG UNITED STATES ARMY SERVICEMAN WHOSE NAME SHALL LIVE FOREVER MORE ~~~~~ DISTINGUISHED SERVICE CROSS ~~~~~

SERGEANT


MEL ROY BALLARD


served with


COMPANY " C "

3rd BATTALION

7th INFANTRY

199th LIGHT INFANTRY BRIGADE


and was a posthumous recipient of the


DISTINGUISHED SERVICE CROSS


PURPLE HEART



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CITATION

FOR AWARD OF THE

DISTINGUISHED SERVICE CROSS

TO

SERGEANT

MEL ROY BALLARD


For extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations involving
conflict with an armed hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam:

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, manoeuvered 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 aspiring display of courage and determination, Sergeant Ballard
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 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.



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YOU ARE NOT FORGOTTEN

NOR SHALL YOU EVER BE



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POSTED ON 1.24.2002
POSTED BY: Theodore R. Ballard, Capt, USAF, (Ret)

My Big Brother - A True Hero

My brother Mel was 10 years older than me and wanted to be a Physical Ed Teacher. He started college, but decided he needed to serve his country first. Every time I read his Citation for the Distinguished Service Cross I still get chocked up with tears.
Thank you everyone for his remembrance entry!

In loving remembrance for my brother.
Ted
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POSTED ON 2.17.2001
POSTED BY: lynda watters messina

i remember EHS

I don't think you knew me, but everyone at EHS knew you, and there are many of us still here who will never forget our boys who didn't come home :(
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POSTED ON 6.1.2000
POSTED BY: Roberta Reid Armstrong

I remember EHS, class of '62

EHS, class of 1962
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