Ball, John Robert, 1LT

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Last Rank
First Lieutenant
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
1542-Infantry Unit Commander
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Officer)
Primary Unit
1965-1965, 1542, 25th Infantry Division (Tropic Lightning)
Service Years
1963 - 1965


First Lieutenant

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Home State
West Virginia
West Virginia
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Kilsyth, WV
Last Address
Charleston, WV

Casualty Date
Jun 19, 1965
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Kontum (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Grandview Memorial Park Cemetery - Dunbar, West Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
02E 014

 Official Badges 

Infantry Shoulder Cord

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
Vietnam Veterans MemorialThe National Gold Star Family Registry
  1965, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2018, The National Gold Star Family Registry

 Photo Album   (More...

 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 1st Award
Aviation Badge (Basic)

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
1st Battalion, 27th Infantry 25th Infantry Division (Tropic Lightning)
  1965-1965, 1542, A Company, 1st Battalion, 27th Infantry
  1965-1965, 1542, 25th Infantry Division (Tropic Lightning)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1965-1965 Vietnam War/Defense Campaign (1965)
 Colleges Attended 
West Virginia University
  1959-1963, West Virginia University
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Lt. Ball was lost when his UH-1B (# 63-08604) was shot down while on a supply mission from Kontum to Dak Sut. All 4 crewmen were killed.

CW2 James L. Purser [AC]
Capt Roberto Samaniego [CP]
SP5 Harold A. Atcher [CE]
1st Lt.  John R. Ball [G]

1st Lt. John Ball served as a volunteer Shotgun Platoon Leader for UH-1B "slicks" of the 119th Assault Helicopter Company flying out of Camp Holloway, Pleiku, RVN. He was also assigned to 1st Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division. He had been in country for about 18 days at the time he was lost in the crash of his helicopter. He left a wife, Bonnie, at his passing.  They were married in 1960.  She passed away in 2001. Note: In October 1963, he had been stationed as a 2nd Lt. at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii
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