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Born on Dec. 24, 1948
Casualty was on Jan. 30, 1968

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Norman Casey Ballard

LCpl. Norman Ballard served with the 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, India Company. He was Killed In Action during the TET Offensive of 1968 during a battle the I/3/5 Marines call Operation ALAMO. His name stands proudly on the India 3/5 Wall of Honor. Semper fi, Brother Marine. We will never forget.

Operation Alamo

I remember

I remember being the last man to see you alive. I remember you being on the paddy dike one moment, disappearing the next. I remember finding your body on the other side of the dike. I remember thinking it was impossible you had died because I couldn't find the wound. I remember at last finding the small but deadly wound and crying out in grief. I remember the anger I felt. I can't forget. The nightmare of that day still lingers on. Your death marked the end of my youth and the start of my growing old. Semper Fi, Norm. May God lift you up to His heavenly kingdom.

W. Terry Leichner,
USMC India 3/5, combat infantryman


Childhood Friend

Casey was an adventureous lad, and we had lots of good times together. He was actually the first cousin of my first cousin, but we were all playmates and school chums. We grew up in a rural area. I also did a tour in Viet Nam, but I was able to return home and have a family. I visit our local cemetery several times and I always make a point to visit Casey's grave and check on the condition of the site, as I prepare to leave I always give him the commrade's salute for a job well done. Casey is missed in our circle of friends even after all these years. Rest O' weary soldier, we will join you soon, in the twinkling of an eye, we will breathe our last also and cross the great river into a better land. Lead on Casey, my friend and brother soldier, for you have gone before us and know the way.~Francis Howard