JOE M BALLIN JR
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HONORED ON PANEL 10E, LINE 99 OF THE WALL

JOE MAGDALENO BALLIN JR

WALL NAME

JOE M BALLIN JR

PANEL / LINE

10E/99

DATE OF BIRTH

10/04/1946

CASUALTY PROVINCE

QUANG TRI

DATE OF CASUALTY

09/16/1966

HOME OF RECORD

FRESNO

COUNTY OF RECORD

Fresno County

STATE

CA

BRANCH OF SERVICE

MARINE CORPS

RANK

LCPL

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REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR JOE MAGDALENO BALLIN JR
POSTED ON 11.6.2016
POSTED BY: Lucy Conte Micik

Remembered

DEAR LANCE CORPORAL BALLIN.
THANKS FOR YOUR SERVICE AS A GRUNT. SEMPER FI. 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 10.4.2016
POSTED BY: Dennis Wriston

I'm proud of our Vietnam Veterans

Lance Corporal Joe Magdaleno Ballin Jr., Served with Company D, 1st Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, Third Marine Amphibious Force.
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POSTED ON 9.16.2013
POSTED BY: A Marine, Quang Tri, Vietnam

Silver Star Citation


Silver Star

Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Lance Corporal Joe Magdaleno Ballin, Jr. (MCSN: 2127236), United States Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as Platoon Radioman with Company D, First Battalion, Fourth Marines, THIRD Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in Quang Tri Province on 16 September 1966. While on a reconnaissance patrol during Operation PRAIRIE, Lance Corporal Ballin was moving with the point element. The main body held up just outside a small cluster of native huts, and the point went forward to investigate. Detecting movement in a bunker, Lance Corporal Ballin shouted in his self-taught Vietnamese for the man to surrender, but with no result. He then threw a grenade into the bunker, killing the North Vietnamese soldier. A short time later, he noticed another enemy approaching the unit's position unobserved. Reacting instantly, he rant to the nearest Marine, seized his weapon and shot the enemy, who was by this time not more than 15 meters away. Later, as the platoon was digging in for the night, a sniper shot and wounded a team leader. Firing from a well concealed position, the sniper was able to keep one portion of the defensive perimeter pinned down and unable to dig in; in addition, he was able to deliver deadly fire into Bravo Company as it tried to enter the perimeter. Without regard for his own life, Lance Corporal Ballin volunteered to go out after the sniper. Maneuvering stealthily under the hail of incoming automatic weapons and small arms fire, he worked forward to a position from which he could shoot the sniper. Mission accomplished, he was fatally wounded as he moved back toward friendly lines. His quick thinking and fact reactions resulted in three confirmed kills and the capture of two automatic weapons, as well as the saving of the lives of many of his fellow Marines. His selfless actions, utter disregard for his own personal safety, indomitable fighting spirit in the face of overwhelming odds, and his fearless and courageous devotion to duty, above and beyond the call of duty were an inspiration to all who fought with him. His actions were in keeping with the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Action Date: September 16, 1966

Service: Marine Corps

Rank: Lance Corporal

Company: Company D

Battalion: 1st Battalion

Regiment: 4th Marines

Division: 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF
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POSTED ON 9.16.2013
POSTED BY: Curt Carter

Remembering An American Hero

Dear LCPL Joe Magdaleno Ballin Jr, 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, and the best salute a civilian can muster for you, Sir

Curt Carter
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POSTED ON 10.17.2012
POSTED BY: Billy M. Brown

Honoring California Vietnam Casualties

May his sacrifice not be forgotten.

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