CHARLES D BALLOU
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HONORED ON PANEL 39W, LINE 31 OF THE WALL

CHARLES DAVISON BALLOU

WALL NAME

CHARLES D BALLOU

PANEL / LINE

39W/31

DATE OF BIRTH

02/29/1928

CASUALTY PROVINCE

LZ

DATE OF CASUALTY

11/07/1968

HOME OF RECORD

LANCASTER

COUNTY OF RECORD

Lancaster County

STATE

PA

BRANCH OF SERVICE

AIR FORCE

RANK

LTC

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR CHARLES DAVISON BALLOU
POSTED ON 11.8.2019
POSTED BY: John Braun

Raven FAC

Major Ballou, Though I never met you, you are remembered by all FACs and crew.
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POSTED ON 11.6.2016
POSTED BY: Lucy Conte Micik

Remembered

DEAR LT. COLONEL BALLOU,
THANKS FOR YOUR SERVICE AS A TACTICAL AIRCRAFT PILOT - VARIOUS/ YOU WERE BORN ON LEAP YEAR DAY - ONCE EVERY 4 YEARS - 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 10.26.2013
POSTED BY: Curt Carter ccarter02@earthlink.net

Remembering An American Hero

Dear LTC Charles Davison Ballou, 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 11.27.2010
POSTED BY: Jim McIlhenney

LTC Charles D. Ballou, USAF

LTC Charles D. Ballou, USAF
Air Force
2-29-28 - 11-7-68

'Bing' was born in Chambersburg, Pa. He graduated from McCaskey High School in 1964 and attended the U.S. Naval Academy.
His interests were hunting and shooting. Charles enlisted in the service in 1946. A pilot with the Naval Airforce, he was a LT Colonel and was only in Vietnam from Mar 68 to Nov 68.
While piloting an aircraft in LZ Province, Laos, he was shot down by ground fire while on a reconnaissance mission. He received the Distinguished Flying Cross with Oak Leaf Cluster; the Air Medal, and 1st through 10th Oak Leaf Cluster.
Survivors at time of death were his mother, wife, three children, and one brother.
Charles was 40 years old and is remembered on Poanel 39W Line 31.
From a Remembrance Book, 'WE REMEMBER,' published in 1994
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POSTED ON 10.3.2008
POSTED BY: Lee R. Rovik

Flight down memory lane......

The following is the full text of an e-mail sent to the person, Jim Mcllhenney, who posted the newspaper death notice on this site. Thank you sir.

Today I was doing a trip down memory lane, one I now wish I would have skipped. But once you start.........

In 1964/65 I served in Phan Thiet, Vietnam with a FAC pilot named Capt. Ballou who had been a KC 135 pilot prior to his tour in Vietnam. All the details that I have come up with in the last hour lead me to believe that the Maj. Ballou in the newspaper notice you posted and my friend/pilot are one and the same. He was killed in Laos November 7, 1968 a member of the Ravens group, quite a history there I find.

I don't know what your relationship with Charles was, but if you are family or have contact with the family please pass on my condolences and sincere regrets for their loss, and this message if you wish. Capt. Ballou was one of America's real heroes and he was one to me on a more personal level.

I met Capt. Ballou at Ben Hoa airstrip (me being a very nervous enlisted radio operator), waiting for a pick-up flight to Phan Thiet . We talked and I told him, as were getting on the 2 seat, L19 Fac aircraft, that I never used a parachute before. Hed replied they are more valuable to sit on than being used to jump.

Months later we were on a flight when we had two instances of severe engine trouble, but with his skill as a pilot he was able to overcome and land us safely both times. We flew together on many occasions and he was cool as the proverbial cucumber in numerous situations, which I as a non-pilot found very comforting! I think he enjoyed doing things with that small airplane that caused me to use my hat as an air-sick bag several times! Rocket propellent bowing back into the rear seat was one things that got me the worst.

In our off time we played cards, enjoyed some adult beverages and told/listened to stories around the table on many occasions.

I am saddened by this loss, which to me, happened today, but I salute you Capt. Ballou for your sacrifice which continues to touch me today as I think about my children and grand-children who may never have been, if not for his skills, training and dedication. God bless you Capt. Ballou and the tens of thousands of others who gave their lives so others could be free! Oh how I wish I had a photo of him, I will have to keep digging, but ofter 40 years....

Sincerely, Lee R. Rovik

leeroyboy1@yahoo.com

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