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CSM Millard Roger Ball

CSM Millard Roger Ball

Paris, Monroe County, Missouri, USA
Death 12 Feb 2017 (aged 89)
Clarksville, Montgomery County, Tennessee, USA
Burial Hopkinsville, Christian County, Kentucky, USA
Plot SECTION 05 SITE 0051
Memorial ID 176334853 · View Source
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Command Sergeant Major retired, Millard Roger Ball was born on October 23, 1927 in Paris, Missouri, and he was the son of George Dewey Ball (1898-1969) and Venus (Cleary) Ball (1901-1972).

From an early age he enjoyed basketball and baseball and loved to listen to the Saint Louis Cardinals baseball games on the radio. He was 17 years old when he joined the Merchant Marine, and upon graduating High School and Maritime Service Training at Sheepshead Bay, New York, he saw duty in the Caribbean Sea until his discharge in 1946.

Soon after he left the Merchant Marine, he joined the US Army, completed basic and infantry training at Fort Polk, Louisiana and departed the United States to serve in the Occupation of Japan. While there, Millard performed a wide array of duties, including guarding the Imperial Palace in Tokyo with soldiers from Australia and India before joining the 187th Airborne Regimental Combat Team and earning both his glider and basic parachutists qualifications in 1949.

That same year, the 187th ABN RCT’s return to Fort Campbell, Kentucky was short, as it redeployed back to Japan and eventually entered the Korean War about September 1950. Millard was one of the first paratroopers to air land at Kimpo Airfield and participated in various combat actions to include an Airborne Combat Jump at Sukchon, North Korea in October 1950 and another Airborne Combat Jump at Munsan-ni in March '51.

After completing his Korean tour, he returned to Fort Campbell and served with the 188th Airborne Infantry Regiment before holding progressive assignments that included Military Advisory Group, Taiwan; 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, Fort Bragg, North Carolina; 11th Airborne Division, Augsburg, Germany; 1st Airborne Battle Group and Military Assistance Group Yugoslavia where he met his wife Ljiljana "Lili".

Ljiljana and Millard where married on 21 July, 1962 in Belgrade, Serbia, and soon after that they departed Yugoslavia for an assignment at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, where their daughter and son where born.

In the summer of 1965, Millard was deployed with the 1st Brigade, 101st ABN Division to Vietnam and was there until the summer of 1966. Upon completion of this combat assignment, CSM Ball completed highly successful tours at Headquarters, 5th Army, Frankfurt, Germany; 8th Army, Seoul, Korea and Advisor to both the Hawaii and Alabama National Guard.

Millard retired from the US Army in June 1976, and he continued to serve as a Government Service worker until finally retiring after 45 years of service in 1991.

Although retired, he remained extremely active in the 187th, 11th Airborne, and 101st Airborne Associations to build the bonds between yesterday's and today's warriors, along with championing several efforts to improve veterans lives in the local area. Additionally, he earned the title of 187th Honorary Regimental Sergeant Major and Distinguished Member of the Regiment.

Millard and Lili loved to travel and attended 35 reunions of the 187th ABN Association, as well as taking numerous trips to Hawaii, Alaska and to Okinawa, Japan, making friends from all over the world.

Among the numerous awards and decorations that he received were Korean Presidential Unit Citation; Meritorious Unit Citation; Bronze Star Medal; Defense Meritorious Service Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters; Army Commendation Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters; Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal for Korea, Lebanon, and Vietnam; Master Parachutist Badge; Combat Infantryman’s Badge with 2nd Award and Vietnamese Master Parachutist Badge.

A resident of Clarksville, Tennessee, Millard was 89 years old when he passed away quietly early in the morning of February 12, 2017.

Millard was preceded in death by his sisters Rebecca Mildred (Ball) McCraw, Hazel Irene (Ball) McCullough and by his brothers George Thomas Ball and Kenneth Andrew Ball. Survivors included his wife; a married daughter; 2 married sons; 2 granddaughters; a O'Keady step-grandson and a sister.

Celebration of Live Services were held at McReynolds-Nave and Larson Funeral Home Chapel, and burial was in Kentucky Veterans Cemetery West with Full Military Honors.

Original obituary from McReynolds-Nave and Larson Funeral Home on February 14, 2017

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  • Created by: Syd Gardner
  • Added: 14 Feb 2017
  • Find A Grave Memorial 176334853
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for CSM Millard Roger Ball (23 Oct 1927–12 Feb 2017), Find A Grave Memorial no. 176334853, citing Kentucky Veterans Cemetery West, Hopkinsville, Christian County, Kentucky, USA ; Maintained by Syd Gardner (contributor 47902230) .