ROLAND L BALLEW
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HONORED ON PANEL 49E, LINE 38 OF THE WALL

ROLAND LEE BALLEW

WALL NAME

ROLAND L BALLEW

PANEL / LINE

49E/38

DATE OF BIRTH

04/30/1946

CASUALTY PROVINCE

QUANG TIN

DATE OF CASUALTY

04/13/1968

HOME OF RECORD

WILMINGTON

COUNTY OF RECORD

Will County

STATE

IL

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

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POSTED ON 8.5.2022

Final Mission of PVT Roland L. Ballew

Just after midnight on April 13, 1968, E Company, 3rd Battalion, 21st Infantry, 196th Infantry Brigade, Americal Division, was in an overnight position on a plateau east of LZ Center in Quang Tin Province, RVN, when they were attacked by a large enemy force. E Company, a reconnaissance unit with an attached platoon (2nd Platoon) from A/3/21, pulled in its forward observation posts after taking three rounds of mortar fire. Ten minutes later, heavy fire from the south raked the formation as small arms fire and hand grenades hit the U.S. position. Shortly after, a ground attack was launched by the enemy. The Americans fought back with unit weapons and called in gun and flare ship support. The attack aircraft came on station at 12:50 AM, including a U.S. Air Force AC-47 “Spooky” gunship; the enemy, meanwhile, brought up heavy machine guns and sprayed the aircraft with automatic weapons fire from four locations. After nearly an hour and a half of fighting, the enemy broke contact. At 1:30 AM, E/3/21 radioed that enemy fire had diminished, and no shots had been fired for thirty minutes. A Company, 3/21, acting as a reaction force, cut a trail through dense jungle to the besieged company’s location. Upon arrival, they found E Company in disarray. The battle was over, but they discovered the men had failed to dig in, and when attacked, were dispersed in a disordered manner to find cover. It was difficult in the darkness for the reaction force to find and treat the wounded, collect the dead, and organize medivacs. By daylight, all were accounted for except one, radioman SP4 Warren J. Robinson. His remains were located in a burnt out hootch on the plateau and were placed in a poncho and evacuated. The enemy force, later estimated at two Viet Cong companies, killed thirteen Americans and wounded twenty-eight. Another two sustained minor injuries. The lost personnel included (from E/3/21) SP4 John M. Bell, PFC James L. Parker Jr., SGT Paul E. Poirier, SP4 Alfred L. Powell, SGT Grady Thacker, SP4 Juan P. Valdez, and PFC George E. Winfield; and (from 2nd Platoon, A/3/21) PVT Roland L. Ballew, PFC Agapito Gonzales Jr., 1LT Randolph M. Harrison, PFC Douglas R. Heath, SSG Ernest E. Lesure, and SP4 Warren J. Robinson. Six Viet Cong were reported killed. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org, “April 1968 Americal Division TOC Journal” at americalfoundation.org and information provided by William Karp (July 2022)]
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POSTED ON 6.21.2021
POSTED BY: john fabris

honoring you...

Thank you for your service to our country so long ago sir. The remembrance from your twin brother Don is touching. As long as you are remembered you will always be with us....
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POSTED ON 11.6.2016
POSTED BY: Lucy Conte Micik

Remembered

DEAR PRIVATE BALLEW,
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE AS A GRUNT. IT BUGS ME THAT YOU DIED NEAR YOUR BIRTHDAY - SIGH. ELECTION DAY IS NEAR AND VETERANS' DAY IS APPROACHING - SO IT IS IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER AND HONOR ALL OF YOU. MAY THE SAINTS AND ANGELS GUIDE YOU. REST IN PEACE.
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POSTED ON 2.12.2015

My Father

I never had the chance to know you in person, but I know you from stories and 2 picture's. I do know you spent 2wks with me after I was born in 1/68 and then you left for the service. I'm hurt that you was taken from us, but I understand why you did what you did. I no longer have anger with the decision you made. I LOVE YOU for what you done.
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POSTED ON 4.5.2014
POSTED BY: Curt Carter [email protected]

Remembering An American Hero

Dear PVT Roland Lee Ballew, 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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