Roy Margel Ballard

Military

Object Number - UPL 44525 - SSGT Roy M. Ballard Ball Turret Gunner Robert C. Cozens Crew 95th BG - 334th BS

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Units served with

The insignia of the 95th Bomb Group.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 95th Bomb Group 334th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-727183
  • Highest Rank: Lieutenant Colonel
  • Role/Job: Pilot/Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 95th Bomb Group 334th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 12045903 / O-?
  • Highest Rank: Major
  • Role/Job: Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 95th Bomb Group 334th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 95th Bomb Group
  • Service Numbers: O-738028
  • Highest Rank: Captain
  • Role/Job: Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 95th Bomb Group 334th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Pilot

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Little Jimmie, Memphis Blues
  • Unit: 303rd Bomb Group 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers 95th Bomb Group 334th Bomb Squadron 335th Bomb Squadron 336th Bomb Squadron 358th Bomb Squadron 423rd Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Lady liberty; Patsy Ann I
  • Unit: 305th Bomb Group Can Do 364th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Trouble Shooter
  • Unit: 95th Bomb Group 334th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Darlin Dolly
  • Unit: 388th Bomb Group 95th Bomb Group 335th Bomb Squadron 803rd Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Patsy ann iii
  • Unit: 95th Bomb Group 334th Bomb Squadron

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Events

Event Location Date Description

Born

Howland, TX 29 May 1921

Other

95th BG Combat Tour

Horham Airfield, UK 13 May 1943 - 20 October 1943 25 Combat Missions

Died

Roxton, TX 27 October 1996 THE PARIS NEWS, Mon., Oct. 28, 1996, p. 5A: '(Picture) Roy Margel Ballard, 75, died Sunday Oct. 27, 1996, at his home in Roxton. Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29, at Fry and Gibbs Funeral Home Chapel with Nolan Butler, minister of College Church of Christ, officiating. He will be assisted by Earl Smith and Jerry Amsler. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 7-8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home and at other times at their home in Roxton. Mr. Ballard was born May 29, 1921, in Howland, Lamar County, Texas, a son of James Roy (Jack) and Mary Essie Ballard. He graduated from Paris High School in 1938. In July 1942 he enlisted in the United States Air Force and graduated from Harlingen, Texas Gunnery School where he was awarded the Silver Wings of the Aerial Gunner and promoted to the rank of sergeant. He was a ball turrett gunner on U.S. bombers with the 95th Bombardment Group and flew more than 35 missions in France, Germany, Africa and England, receiving the European-African-Middle Eastern Air Medal with one Bronze Star, Good Conduct Medal with three Bronze Clusters, one Overseas Bar and the Distinguished Flying Cross. In October 1945, he received his honorable discharge at Randolph Field, Texas. In 1947, he was one of the first to enlist when the Texas National Guard was organized in Lamar County. He served with the 49th Armored Division at Port Polk, LA, during the Berlin crisis and served as administrative assistant to the division surgeon until his retirement in 1981 with the rank of major. He was owner and operator of Ballard Trucking Co. many years. Mr. Ballard was a 25-year member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks No. 2433, serving the organization as Exalted Ruler from 1977-1979 and from 1984 until the present. During his tenure the lodge increased its membership from 200 to 1,200 and is the largest lodge in membership in Texas. He married Barbara Thompson April 27, 1947,

Buried

Paris, TX 29 October 1996 Evergreen Cemetery Paris, Lamar County, Texas, USA

Revisions

Date28 Apr 2021 18:11:19
Contributorjmoore43
Sources

Added middle name from info in the obituary attached to the Died event.

Date27 Sep 2014 18:24:37
ContributorAAM

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