Ball, Billy R., PFC

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Last Rank
Private First Class
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
604-Light Machine Gunner
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1942-1942, 803, Japanese POW
Service Years
1941 - 1942

Private First Class

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Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
New Madrid County

Casualty Date
Sep 28, 1942
Hostile, Died while Captured
Unknown, Not Reported
World War II
Location of Interment
Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery - St. Louis, Missouri
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

Honorably Discharged WW II

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
World War II Fallen
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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
Philippine DepartmentPrisoner of War
  1941-1942, 803, Philippine Department
  1942-1942, 803, Japanese POW
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1942 Philippine Islands Campaign (1941-42)/Bataan Death March
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

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. His remains were finally identified and accounted for on August 31, 2017.

Source: Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA)

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