|Birth: ||Dec. 24, 1948|
|Death: ||Jan. 30, 1968|
"Norman Casey Ballard was born to Edgar "Buster" Luther Ballard (1912-2002) and Nancy Viola Whidden (1924-2000), just in time for Christmas on December 24, 1948. His home town was listed as Felda, FL. Growing up in a rural area, Casey was an adventurous lad and had lots of good times together playing with his cousins and school chums.
His parents were divorced in 1956 and his mother, Nancy, remarried in October of 1957 to Wilson F. Miller.
At 19 years old and single, Norman proudly began his tour with the US Marine Corp. on October 24, 1967. His unit was I CO 3rd BN 5th MARINES, 1st MAR DIV, III MAF, Service No. 2308425.
While serving as a Rifleman E3, Norman Casey Ballard became yet another ground casualty from hostile small arms gunfire on January 30, 1968, in the Military Region 1 of Quang Nam, Republic of Vietnam (South Vietnam). One moment he was seen on the paddy dike, but disappearing the next. He was killed in action during the TET Offensive of 1968 during a battle the I 3/5 Marines called Operation ALAMO.
His body was recovered, brought home, and laid to rest in the Fort Denaud Cemetery, Denaud, FL. His name appears with honor, as well as heart-breaking sadness, beside his Fallen Brothers on the Vietnam Wall, Panel 35E, Line 065. His name also stands proudly on the India 3/5 Wall of Honor. Semper fi!
Surviving along with his parents, other relatives included were Julia Helms of Alva, Mae McDonald and husband Clayton of Arcadia, Wesley Ballard of Vero Beach, Bertha Hoeppner and husband Bob of Dunnellon, Josephine Ballard of Lehigh Acres, and Arcie Pellicer of Fort Myers.
Rest in Peace dear Soldier, you have NOT been forgotten! May the stillness of peace come into your family and loved ones' hearts for THEIR sacrifices -- forced upon them in your name, as you laid down your precious life for us.
---from the daughter of a father who fought for the Red, White and Blue."
Fort Denaud Cemetery
Maintained by: Rebecca Ann Plair
Originally Created by: Alton & Loudonia
Record added: Feb 09, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 24506154
COINS LEFT AT A SOLDIERS GRAVEThese coins have a meaning when left on the headstones of those who gave their life while serving in America’s military, and these meanings vary depending on the denomination of coin. A coin tells the deceased soldier’s famil...(Read more)|
Added: Oct. 25, 2014
Thank you for your sacrifice and service to our country. Rest in peace.|
Added: Jan. 21, 2012
Norman, you gave the ultimate sacrifice in fighting for our Red, White and Blue. We're grateful beyond words! I'm so very sorry. Thank you from offsprings of Navy and Army folks.|
Added: Nov. 19, 2011