Medal of Honor recipient shares his story
Capt. Roberto Lainez, with B Company, 44nd Signal Battalion, meets retired Col. Donald E. Ballard, who served as a corpsman in Vietnam and received the Medal of Honor. Ballard spoke Nov. 1 to an assembly in Alexander Hall, touching on the actions that he took on May 6, 1968, when he was offering medical aid as his unit came under attack. Ballard, a native of Kansas City, Mo., threw himself on an enemy grenade that did not explode immediately, and after he threw it away and it exploded harmlessly, he turned his attention back to treating the wounded. During his years in the service, he was shot eight times and estimated that he was able to save dozens of lives through his service. He went on to serve in various military roles, retired in 2000 and was inducted into the National Guard Hall of Fame in November 2001.
Photo by Bill Bengston / Fort Gordon Public Affairs Office
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