SGT William David Ball, Jr

SGT William David Ball, Jr

Birth
Death 21 Nov 1943 (aged 21)
Tarawa, Gilbert Islands, Kiribati
Burial Arvin, Kern County, California, USA
Plot Section 17, Plot# 525
Memorial ID 185145535 · View Source
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SGT William David Ball, Jr.
Fri Sep 15, 2017

SGT William David Ball, Jr., U.S. Marine Corps, B Company, 1st Battalion, 2nd Marines, was reported “Wounded in Action” by gunshot wounds to his arm and shoulder on 20 November 1943 during the Battle of Tarawa. SGT Ball was subsequently lost and presumed killed while being transported off the island for treatment. While at JPAC in 2011/2012, Chief Rick Stone prepared reports which listed SGT Ball as a Most Likely Match to multiple “Unknowns” buried in the Punchbowl. The Foundation later refined the Tarawa investigations completed by Chief Stone at the Department of Defense after acquiring information and technologies not available at JPAC. The Foundation, using the RISC System, listed SGT Ball as a “Most Likely Match” to only four unknowns buried in the Punchbowl. DPAA finally acted on Chief Stone’s original recommendations and began exhumation of the Tarawa “Unknowns” from the Punchbowl in October 2016. SGT Ball was recovered from the Punchbowl and his identification was officially announced on 13 September 2017.

From Tarawa Talks

William David Ball Jr., 20, Tarawa Atoll South Pacific, Nov. 21, 1943. Signature book available, 1-5 p.m. Nov. 17, Mission Family Mortuary. Full Military Honors 10:45 a.m. Nov. 20, Bakersfield National Cemetery.

Published by the Bakersfield Californian November 13, 2017

William David Ball Jr., 20, Tarawa Atoll South Pacific. Services are at 10:45 a.m. on Nov. 20 at Bakersfield National Cemetery with full military honors.

Published by the Bakersfield Californian November 17, 2017


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  • Created by: This Side of the Grave
  • Added: 12 Nov 2017
  • Find A Grave Memorial 185145535
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for SGT William David Ball, Jr (15 Jan 1922–21 Nov 1943), Find A Grave Memorial no. 185145535, citing Bakersfield National Cemetery, Arvin, Kern County, California, USA ; Maintained by This Side of the Grave (contributor 47231340) .