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PFC Ray Tennyson Ball

PFC Ray Tennyson Ball

Saratoga, Carbon County, Wyoming, USA
Death 31 Jul 1944 (aged 22)
Burial Maxwell, Lincoln County, Nebraska, USA
Plot F, 0, 1097
Memorial ID 318802 · View Source
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Son of Ward P. and Vivian A. Ball who resided in Rock Springs, Wyoming.

Ray served as a Private First Class, 1st Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, U.S. Marine Corps during World War II.

He resided in Nebraska prior to the war.

Ray was "Killed In Action" on Guam during the war.

He was awarded the Purple Heart.

Ray was originally interred in the Marine Corps Cemetery #1, Guam and was later repatriated here on December 31, 1948.

Service # 415036

Bio by:
Russell S. "Russ" Pickett


Rock Springs Daily Rocket, Sep 9, 1944
Local Boy Killed While Serving in Pacific War Area
Ward P. Ball of 220 K street, has received word from the war department that his son, Pfc. Ray T. Ball, 22, of the marine corps, has been killed in action in the South Pacific.

The telegram received Friday morning reads as follows:
“Deeply regret to inform you that your son, Private First Class Ray T. Ball, U.S.M.C.R., was killed in action in the performance of his duty and service of his country. No information available at present regarding disposition of remains. Temporary burial in locality where death occurred probably. You will be promptly furnished any additional information received. To prevent possible aid to our enemies do not divulge the name of his ship or station. Please accept my heartfelt sympathy. Letter follows. Signed, A. Vandergrift, lieutenant gen. commandant of the marine corps.”

Pfc. Ray T. Ball was born May 28, 1922 in Saratoga, Wyo. He was graduated from Rock Springs high school in 1941 and had attended the University of Wyoming. He was selected as one of the honorary members of the Rock Springs Lions club in 1941. Soon after the Pearl Harbor attack, he enlisted and saw service in the South Pacific. He has been overseas for 22 months. Ball trained for three months in San Diego, Calif.

Besides his father, Ward P. Ball of Rock Springs, and his mother, Mrs. Vivian Garapay of Laramie, he is survived by one brother, Ward P. Ball Jr., in submarine service in the South Pacific area; a stepbrother, Eugene Cox, of the navy, stationed at Pearl Harbor; two cousins, Willis Ball of the Seabees and John Ball of the navy, both overseas, and his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Jack Ball, pioneer residents of the Boulder area.

Memorial services will be held at 2 o’clock Sunday afternoon at the Methodist church for the 22-year-old marine, who volunteered for service shortly after his 20th birthday.

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  • Imported from: US Veteran's Affairs
  • Added: 25 Feb 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 318802
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for PFC Ray Tennyson Ball (28 May 1922–31 Jul 1944), Find A Grave Memorial no. 318802, citing Fort McPherson National Cemetery, Maxwell, Lincoln County, Nebraska, USA ; Maintained by US Veterans Affairs Office (contributor 5) .