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PFC Billy Ray Ball

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PFC Billy Ray Ball

Birth
Matthews, New Madrid County, Missouri, USA
Death
28 Sep 1942 (aged 20)
Cabanatuan, Nueva Ecija Province, Central Luzon, Philippines
Memorial Site*
Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines

* A structure erected in honor of someone whose remains lie elsewhere.

Plot
Tablets of the Missing
Memorial ID
56778481 View Source

Private First Class (PFC), Headquarters Detachment, Philippine Department, U.S. Army, World War II, Pacific Theater of Operations

Declared Missing in Action (MIA), captured by the enemy, Prisoner of War (POW) under Japanese control, Philippines
Awarded the Purple Heart, Prisoner of War Medal, American Campaign Medal & World War II Victory Medal
Army Pfc. Billy R. Ball, killed during World War II, has now been accounted for.

On Dec. 8, 1941, Ball was a member of Headquarters Detachment Philippines Department, when Japanese forces invaded the Philippine Islands. Intense fighting continued until the surrender of the Bataan peninsula on April 9, 1942, and of the Corregidor Island on May 6, 1942. Thousands of U.S. and Filipino service members were taken prisoner; including many who were forced to endure the Bataan Death March, en route to Japanese prisoner of war (POW) camps, including the POW camp at Cabanatuan on the island of Luzon, Philippines. Ball was among those reported captured after the surrender of Corregidor and who were eventually moved to the Cabanatuan POW camp. More than 2,500 POWs perished in this camp during the remaining years of the war. According to prisoner records, Ball died on Sept. 28, 1942, and was buried along with fellow prisoners in the local Cabanatuan camp cemetery.

Ball’s name is recorded on the Walls of the Missing at an American Battle Monuments Commission site along with the others who are missing from World War II. A rosette will be placed next to his name to indicate he has been accounted for.

Billy Ray Ball is buried in the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.

Private First Class (PFC), Headquarters Detachment, Philippine Department, U.S. Army, World War II, Pacific Theater of Operations

Declared Missing in Action (MIA), captured by the enemy, Prisoner of War (POW) under Japanese control, Philippines
Awarded the Purple Heart, Prisoner of War Medal, American Campaign Medal & World War II Victory Medal
Army Pfc. Billy R. Ball, killed during World War II, has now been accounted for.

On Dec. 8, 1941, Ball was a member of Headquarters Detachment Philippines Department, when Japanese forces invaded the Philippine Islands. Intense fighting continued until the surrender of the Bataan peninsula on April 9, 1942, and of the Corregidor Island on May 6, 1942. Thousands of U.S. and Filipino service members were taken prisoner; including many who were forced to endure the Bataan Death March, en route to Japanese prisoner of war (POW) camps, including the POW camp at Cabanatuan on the island of Luzon, Philippines. Ball was among those reported captured after the surrender of Corregidor and who were eventually moved to the Cabanatuan POW camp. More than 2,500 POWs perished in this camp during the remaining years of the war. According to prisoner records, Ball died on Sept. 28, 1942, and was buried along with fellow prisoners in the local Cabanatuan camp cemetery.

Ball’s name is recorded on the Walls of the Missing at an American Battle Monuments Commission site along with the others who are missing from World War II. A rosette will be placed next to his name to indicate he has been accounted for.

Billy Ray Ball is buried in the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.

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  • Maintained by: MAJ Jimmy Cotton
  • Originally Created by: War Graves
  • Added: 8 Aug 2010
  • Find a Grave Memorial ID: 56778481
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/56778481/billy-ray-ball: accessed ), memorial page for PFC Billy Ray Ball (8 Mar 1922–28 Sep 1942), Find a Grave Memorial ID 56778481, citing Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines; Maintained by MAJ Jimmy Cotton (contributor 48803557) .