Balentine, Ralph Benjamin, Cpl

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Last Rank
Corporal
Last Service Branch
Armor
Last Primary MOS
4733-Armored Reconnaissance Crewman
Last MOS Group
Armor (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1951-1951, 4733, POW/MIA
Service Years
1950 - 1951

Corporal



Two Overseas Service Bars


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Home State
Michigan
Michigan
Year of Birth
1932
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Traverse City
Last Address
Traverse City, Michigan

Casualty Date
Jun 18, 1951
 
Cause
Hostile, Died while Captured
Reason
Illness, Disease
Location
Korea, South
Conflict
CCF Spring Offensive (1951)
Location of Interment
Grand Traverse Memorial Gardens - Traverse City, Michigan
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

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 Unit Assignments
Army Installations25th Infantry Division (Tropic Lightning Division)25th Infantry Division (Tropic Lightning Division)POW/MIA
  1949-1950, 4733, US Army Garrison, Fort Riley, KS
  1950-1951, 4733, 25th Infantry Division (Tropic Lightning Division)
  1950-1951, 4733, 25th Armored Reconnaissance Company
  1951-1951, 4733, 25th Infantry Division (Tropic Lightning Division)
  1951-1951, 4733, 25th Armored Reconnaissance Company
  1951-1951, 4733, POW/MIA
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1950-1950 UN Offensive (1950)/Eighth Army Offensive
  1950-1950 UN Offensive (1950)
  1950-1950 UN Offensive (1950)/Inchon Landing/Operation Chromite
  1950-1950 UN Offensive (1950)/Second Battle of Seoul
  1950-1950 UN Defensive (1950)/Battle of Pusan Perimeter
  1950-1950 UN Defensive (1950)
  1950-1951 CCF Intervention (1950-51)
  1951-1951 First UN Counteroffensive (1951)
  1951-1951 CCF Spring Offensive (1951)
 Other News, Events and Photographs
 
  Jun 11, 2012, General Photos1
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Comments/Citation
Corporal Ralph Benjamin Balentine - RA 16320672  Born 13 August 1932 in Traverse City, Grand Traverse, Michigan.  He enlisted in the Army on October 7, 1949 and had his Basic Training at Fort Riley, Kansas.  He was sent to Korea March 13, 1950.  Captured in Seoul  by North Koreans on January 4, 1951 and died in captivity June 18, 1951 in North Korea.  His branch of service was Armor and his MOS was 4733 as an Armored Reconnaisance Crewman with the 25th Reconnaisance Company of the 25th Infantry Division.  He was captured as a PFC and was promoted to Corporal while in captivity.  His parents were;: Archie James Balentine (1902 - 1966) and Irene Pearl Keaton (1909 - 1978).  He also had two sisters: Mrs. William Meyer and Mrs. Arthur Patterson, both of Traverse City, Michigan.  Three brothers: Rex, Ervin, and Tom Balentine, all of Traverse City.  Grandmother: Mrs. Suny Pollock of Corsicann, Texas.  His body was returned from North Korea and he was interned at Grand Traverse Memorial Gardens in Traverse City, Michigan. 
   
 Military Association Memberships
Korean War Fallen3/4 Cav Association
  1951, Korean War Fallen
  1988, 3/4 Cav Association [Verified]
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