Van Ballegooyen, Robert A., PFC

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Last Rank
Private First Class
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
11D10-Armor Reconnaissance Specialist
Last MOS Group
Armor (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1967-1967, 11D10, B Company, 2nd Battalion, 12th Cavalry (Airmobile)
Service Years
1966 - 1967

Private First Class

One Overseas Service Bar

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This Military Service Page was created/owned by PV2 Karl De Long to remember Van Ballegooyen, Robert A., PFC.

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Ireton , IA
Last Address
Ireton , IA

Casualty Date
Oct 14, 1967
Hostile, Died
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Quang Nam (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Grace Hill Cemetery - Hawarden, Iowa
Wall/Plot Coordinates
28E 003

 Official Badges 

Infantry Shoulder Cord

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
Vietnam Veterans MemorialThe National Gold Star Family Registry
  1967, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2019, The National Gold Star Family Registry

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 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 1st Award

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
2nd Battalion, 12th Cavalry (Airmobile)
  1967-1967, 11D10, B Company, 2nd Battalion, 12th Cavalry (Airmobile)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1967-1967 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase II Campaign (1966-67)
  1967-1967 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase III Campaign (1967-68)
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Last Known Activity

Pfc Van Ballegooyen has been on my mind for the last forty years. I remember his arrival in the unit. From the beginning, he had difficulty adjusting and I was asked to move him from one platoon to another. He was finally accepted in the mortar plotoon. 

On the evening of 14 October our unit was ambushed by an NVA force. The enemy was very effective in using small arms fire. The battle went on for some time with reports of casualties. In an effort to provide close-in fire support, I had our single mortar engaging the suspected enemy locations.

The difficulty in maintaining our mortar fire was the fact that the mortar rounds were scattered around in the possession of whoever had been tasked to cary them. Pfc Van Ballegooyen continuously exposed himself to retrieve the rounds and in doing so, he was mortally wounded.

Pfc Van Ballegooyen demonstratated that he was not only fit to be a member of the unit, he was willing to give his all for his company mates. It was my honor to have him in my unit. It is also fitting that he was posthumously awarded the Silver Star along with the Purple Heart. 

From his Company Commander.


Robert A. Van Ballegooyen

Posted on 8/18/15 - by Mary (Van Ballegooyen) Wilken
I will foundly remember my brother Robert Van Ballegooyen growing up with him on our farm by Ireton, Iowa that our dad (Andy and Alice Van Ballegooyen) bought. Robert and I loved to ride horse.Robert and I loved to farm. Robert and I always had farm chores that we had to get done.Sometimes Robert would try to get out of doing chores by playing hooky! Robert broke his left leg while falling off of the feed grinder while grinding feed for the cattle. Robert said that really did hurt. Robert loved to buy Christmas presents for all of my four children.Robert also loved to watch my four children open up there christmas presents and watch there excitement that they had.Robert will always be remembered as my war hero.
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