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Corp Edward Harding Ballard
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Birth: Dec. 1, 1946
Charlotte
Mecklenburg County
North Carolina, USA
Death: Mar. 11, 1967
Ben Luc, Vietnam

Cpl Edward Harding Ballard, Vietnam Veteran, Native of Charlotte, NC.

Cpl Edward Harding Ballard, As a member of the Army Selective Service and a Draftee, CPL Ballard served our country until March 11th, 1967 in Long An, South Vietnam. He was 20 years old and was married. It was reported that Edward died from multiple fragmentation wounds from a a landmine. His body was recovered. CPL Ballard is on panel 16E, line 056 of the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington D.C. He served our country for less than a year.

In my travels, I passed the North Carolina, Viet Nam Memorial. I know that you are a native of NC. I just wanted to tell you, that your name is on a brick, on their memorial. I was glad, to see it there. It tells me that others, will see it also. Welcome Home Ballard. I think of you often. Bravo, 2/2, 3rd, 39th, 9th, Inf. Div. 1967. Was in his squad, in Vietnam, 1967, 201 South Downs Way, Fort Mill, SC., 29708, NC, William Clark, wkclark@comporium.net.

In the same squad: Thought of You. March 11th, that was a bad day for us. I missed it yesterday. I guess work distracted me. But anyway, I was thinking of you guys today. Life goes on. I suppose that you are watching us. What a mess. Your loss is still sad to me. Its a sadness that's hard to explain. But it is the result of war. I suppose your sadness is being taken away from the ones you loved. I think of you guys often. Bar None. William Clark, 1700-104 India Hook Rd Rock Hill SC 29732, wkclark@comporium.net

Just a friend. Eddie was a childhood and high school friend. I remember him with black wavy hair and a smile, he seemed always friendly. I remember how saddened I was in 1967 when I heard of his passing. Just too many like him met the same fate. Bruce Kepley, 914 Zeb Helms Road, Monroe, NC 28112, bkepley@carolina.rr.com.

Like A Big Brother: Eddie was more than just a friend he was like my big brother. I remember all the summers of fun we had together, he would ride me on his shoulders, spin me round and round and I would just laugh,he took care of all of us little ones when he was left in charge. He was very talented should have been an actor,would sing, dance and entertain us. We would talk, laugh and play. He was so wonderful with kids. A kind,loving individual,well thought of by all who knew him. The girls were crazy over him,a very handsome young man. He never got to see his son, but his son should be proud of his Dad. Its a shame to be taken away at such an early life but I, for one, will never forget him. Deborah Hedrick Free Burch.

I was your Replacement: I never knew you, but was only told your name. I was the first replacement to 2nd squad, 2nd platoon, B company, 3/39 Infantry, 9th Infantry Division. I arrived after You and PFC Plumb were killed in action. We also lost SP4 Clark because he was wounded. I was not received by the squad very well at first. They were still grieving the loss of you and your buddies. Time healed their wounds, and it was not long before I became the old man of the squad. We lost a lot. I made it until 8 November 1967. I was wounded for my third time, and 8 November was my last day in the field. I never knew you, but I think of all of those who served in our squad often. William Clark, 144 York Street, Chester, SC 29706, kclark@ca-specialities.com.

He is the Son of Mr Frank Ballard and Mrs Pauline Harrington Ballard, and was the husband of Mrs Norma H Ballard, 300 Peterson Drive, Charlotte, NC.

He served with Charlie Company, 3rd Battalion, 39th Infantry Regiment, 9th Infantry Division, "Old Reliables", USARV.

He was awarded The Combat Infantryman's Badge(CIB), The Bronze Star Medal, The Purple Heart Medal for his combat related wounds, the Vietnam Service Medal, The Vietnam Cross of Gallantry, The National Defense Service Medal and the Good Conduct Medal.

 
 
Burial:
Sharon Memorial Park
Charlotte
Mecklenburg County
North Carolina, USA
 
Created by: Tom Reece
Record added: Jan 01, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 17240259
Corp Edward Harding Ballard
Added by: Daryl Johnson
 
Corp Edward Harding Ballard
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Corp Edward Harding Ballard
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Thank you for your great sacrifice in preserving our country's freedoms. I will honor you in the only way that I can . . . by remembering you always. May you rest in peace.
- Charles A. Lewis
 Added: Jun. 24, 2012
In boot camp 1966 he wrote it was snowing in Salina Kansas "tell Jerry he had better have some dogs if he has to borrow them, by the time I get home" he wanted to go hunting around Thanksgiving. He asked one of his sisters to buy the recording A Soldier C...(Read more)
- Daryl Johnson
 Added: Jan. 2, 2012
I visited my mothers in Alabama,she had some pics and letters sent to his mom from Vietnam; they always started with "Hi beautiful", there were many refrences to family sending cookies, he got many cookies. A carton of cigs in 1967 $2.00, he asked for $ v...(Read more)
- Daryl Johnson
 Added: Jan. 2, 2012
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