James Vincent BallaySergeant
A CO, 3RD BN, 506TH INFANTRY, 101 ABN DIV
Army of the United States
04 January 1949 - 12 May 1970
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The database page for James Vincent Ballay
James Vincent Ballay was born January 4, 1949 and his home of record was Monett, Missouri. He was a graduate of Monett High School in 1967. He was married to Marilyn (Hamilton) at the time of his death. Other survivors included his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Ballay and four sisters: Judy, Mary Jane, Barbara and Betty.
James served with the 3rd Battalion, 506th Infantry (Currahees) of the 101st Airborne Division in Vietnam. He died on May 12, 1970 and I believe it is possible he was one of the 28 men wounded in Cambodia on May 10th, when eight other Currahees were killed. Possibly not. He had only recently been promoted to Sgt. and had been awarded the Bronze Star, Air Medal and the Army Commmendation Medal.
James is buried in Mount Calvary Cemetery in Monett, Missouri.
God rest your soul, Currahee.
Anyone wishing to connect with the survivors of this unit, please contact currahee.org .
From a Currahee researcher.
If you served with "Jimmy" feel free to e-mail me. I'd like to talk with you. Thank you for your service to our country.
From his nephew,
A Note from The Virtual WallThe Se San River forms a portion of the Vietnamese-Cambodian border from the point where Kontum and Pleiku Provinces join on the RVN side extending south for about 15 kilometers, where the river turns west while the RVN-CB the border continues on in a north-south direction. The area on the Cambodian side of the border had been a North Vietnamese sanctuary from the earliest days of US involvement - in fact, the NVA troops engaged in the now-well-known Nov 1965 fights in the Ia Drang Valley ("We Were Soldiers") were supplied from the NVA base camps just across the border.
The 3rd Bn, 506th Infantry entered Cambodia's Se San River Valley on 05 May and immediately came in contact with NVA forces. The first five days of the operation were highly profitable - the US soldiers destroyed much of the NVA's supplies and infrastructure. That changed on 10 May, when B Company, 3/506 engaged an NVA battalion - eight Americans from the 2nd Plt were killed in the action:
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 1 Feb 2004
Last updated 03/21/2008