Lt Ken Ballard, my hero!
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12/27/03, Antelope, CA
We're all waiting for you to come home safely, Beezer! Love and as happy
a new year as you can have over there.
Happy New Year Ken! Hoping that you and all the soldiers away from loved
ones will be home sooner than later. Know that you are in our prayers and
that we look forward to seeing you when you get home.
All our love, David & Cathy
I'm sitting here with your mom catching up on old times and new one's
too. Happy New Year. We will have to get together up at the cement
pond in the country. I'll save you an air mattress. Hope you and Tim
can connect over there in the big sandbox, How does that one compare to
Grandpa Sutters? Take care see you soon Love Aunt Ruth.
Hey there! Your Mom told me about the website she set up for you so I here
I am. I miss you and can't wait to see you again. Be safe. Love ya.
Just a quick note to say "thanks" and keep up the good work. I wish I was
there with you ! As an MP Captain with 24 years total service ( 6 active,
the rest guard and reserve), just retired in October 02. My last duty was
a call-to-active-duty (title 10) to serve at Camp Roberts, Ca after
To be honnest, it's hard to be here riding the sofa when so many of my
friends and former soldiers are serving. You are doing the right thing
for the right reasons. I wish you a safe tour and a ticket home soon.
Again, thanks and be proud of what you are doing !
4/14/04, Washougal, Washington
Allan D. Jacobs
Keep up the good work! Kick Butt and while your at it, level the town of
The OTHER Ken
Dude, just heard your mom's thing on the radio. Hey man, just gotta say,
I'm way proud of you. You're out there and you're gettin' the shit done,
and that's great. Guess all those hours we spent in your front yard
having GI Joe battles paid off *laughs* Stay safe man, and get home
soon. Ken *Peezer*
4/14/04, San Jose, CA
I just recently met your mother in a Photoshop class and I wanted to
personally thank you and your buddies for ALL you are doing over there.
I know it is a very difficult time especially right now with news of
your extended stay. Please know that your efforts are appreciated.I hope
to spend some time with your Mom until your return.Maybe we'll go out
and chase men or better yet maybe they'll chase us.
Be well, be safe. God Bless you all.
4/15/04, Orinda, CA
Hi Ken! I heard your mother on the radio, and all I can say is "Thank
you" You and all the rest of the soldiers have been assigned the
hardest job that any of us could ever imagine, if we could even begin to
imagine it, and aside from all the malcontent that is often portrayed of
us back home, I am more than indebted to you and your comrades for your
hard work, sweat, and sacrafice, and I am sure that millions of others
feel the same. I pray for all of you to come home safe and come home
Hey Ken, have you done your taxes???? :) Well, here in the states
everyone is scurring at the last minute to file. Lucky you and that you
don't have to worry about it. Heard Karen on the news today, what a
woman. The two of you are so lucky to have each other. This weekend
your uncle and I will be going to a big celebration event. Our VP has
made the theme to be very patriotic and we are honoring all of the men
and woman who are serving our country. When we play the Tobey Keith
song, you will know that there will be alot of boots from Colorado to
kick butt with. You guys are so awesome and we love all of you. Oh and
don't be too scared - I'm sending some cookies. Your uncle said that
you can us them in place of throwing rocks. Love you, Cathy
4/15/04, Napa, CA
Mark C. Brown
Hey, happy tax day.Sorry about that.Glad to pay my taxes as long as you
guys get the good stuff. Be carefull who you trust. Keep your head down
and your powder dry......Mark and Celia Brown
Our family is keeping you all in our thoughts and Prayers and hope you
come home soon.God Bless, The Justus family
5/10/04, Nashville, TN
Hey baby! Just wanted to let you know that I was thinking about you and
that I love that Hawaiian shirt. That is a great look for you! I have got
the ladies lined up for you when you get back!!! Love you lots! Take care!
5/12/04, Chattanooga, TN
Well I was goofing around on the net and saw this site which is just
great might I add. You look great on the horse! I miss you so much and
can't wait until you come home and get to visit. I look up to you so
much and respect everything you do! Be safe!
P.S. Make sure to wear sunblock, whitey!
5/12/04, Chattanooga, TN
Patsy & Gary Cafego
We miss you very much and hope you are doing well! You are in our
prayers. You have to come and visit when you get back. Hopefully this
time Emily will not run her car off a mountain and try to kill the both
of you guys! Sorry, trying to make you smile! Well, Emily updates us
everytime she talks to you so we appreciate the updates! Be careful and
Hope to see you soon!
5/17/04, Los Altos, CA
Chris & Hank
Just got the latest update from your Mom. Good to hear your spirits are
up and your troops are doing well. Will be waiting to hear your Mom's
radio transmission this morning in just a few minutes. She is doing a
good just keeping all of us up to date on what is really going on with
you. We are very supportive and believe in you! We can hardly wait for
your return and the party. Lot of love and support. Chris and Hank Nagao
5/22/04, Gardnerville, NV
Wishing and praying for your safe return, and the same for your troops. Be
bold but cautious. We are in SJ visiting CP, KK, Mimi. Shannon's Patrick
was working out at Morgan Hill and spent an evening with us. The guests
at our "KENTUCKY Derby" party noticed your pic above our computer and
inquired about you and how you were doing. Be cool, man! Luv ya, Bops
5/22/04, San Jose, CA
LTC Fave Aunt
Hey BH--Where are you--we had to have the party without you--BooHoo!!
Instead, your mother and I have had to continue working on our sparkly
We sure wish you were here with us. We had a delicious dinner at By The
Bucket--I had linguni and clams. I also had a Peachpolitan--a very
refreshing alcoholic beverage. Take care of you and your guys. We can't
wait to see you. Stay Safe!
I love you,
5/31/04, Mountain View
I just heard the news and I am devastated. I will miss you terribly. You
were a sweet little kid, grew into a man. I will miss you very much.
5/31/04, Bay Area, CA
i just wanted to say how sorry i am to family, i know its hard to deal
with, i saw this site shown on local news, they ran story about ken's
death,my thoughts n prayers are with his mom n family and may god watch
over rest of troops
6/1/04, San Francisco, CA
Words can't say how sorry I am for your loss. Please know our hearts are
6/1/04, Newark, CA
I feel a sense of deep sadness and grief for your family. I wish to extend
my deepest and sincerest apology for your loss. I can not imagine the pain
his loss has caused.
I do hope that you take some comfort in knowing that I thank you and Ken
for his sacrifice so that we all here may continue to enjoy the personal
freedoms that come from guys like he who protect this great country of
ours from harm.
Please take further comfort that he was also a hero to those of us that
got to know him through his loving mother on KGO radio. Your comment for
all to remember what Memorial Day was for was absolutely the right thing
to remind all of us about. My future Memorial Day remembrances will
include your son Ken.
Thank you Ken for giving your life for us. Thank you Karen for giving
us all Ken.
6/1/04, Cape Cod
I'm so sorry. :(
6/1/04, Henderson, NV
My thoughts, prayers & love are with you and your family. xoxox
6/1/04, Los Gatos, CA
I am so profoundly sorry to hear of the loss of your beautiful boy. I know
that there are really no words that can comfort in these saddest of days.
6/1/04, Fremont, CA
I do not know the Ballard family but seeing this site has made me feel as
if I do.I wanted to let the family know That from my family to yours we
will keep you you all in our thoughts and Prayers. Ken is "A HERO" to all
The Ross Family
Karen, this site is a great tribute to Ken. I am sure he is as proud to
have you for a Mom, as you are to have him for a Son. I am so sorry, and
I will be in touch soon.
6/1/04, Mr Kim Boyce
Mountain View, CA
Our family was deeply saddened to hear of the loss of you son Ken. He is
a hero to our family, even though we did not know him. He was a brave
young man that fought for our freedom and for our safety. You should be
a very, very proud mother. We have four sons, two have just graduated
from Mountian View HIgh School.
Our family will remember your family in our thoughts and our prayers. We
will not forget Ken and the young men and women that have fought and
have given their lives for the greatest country in the World - The USA.
We are proud to live in the same community that Ken grew up in.
Again, our love and prayers are with you and your family. Thank you for
raising such a wonderful son.
Your Mountain View Family,
Kim, Pam, Steven, Brain, Kyle and Ryan
I just viewed the pictures of your son serving his country in Iraq. I'm
so sorry for your tremendous loss. I'm sure your son was a great person
who paid the ultimate price for the freedoms that we all enjoy in this
Thank you for sharing his photos. Pleae know that your family is in our
thoughts and prayers. God bless you.
6/1/04, San Jose, CA
Dear Meredith, Ken's mom,
My heart aches for you and your family. It is so unfair. You have always
been a strong lady so I pray God gives you some kind of magic comfort to
help you through all this. You and Ken will not be forgotten by this
old Cisco friend.
I just heard the news about a serviceman from Mountain View who died in
Iraq. I live nearby in Campbell. Just wanted to extend my condolences to
the family of a very brave man. I really appreciate what these brave
young men are doing in Iraq as I lost my father in WWII before I was
born. Just cherish the memories and remember that there are people out
there that appreciated what he did even though we didn't know him.
6/1/04, San Jose
thoughts and prayers go out to your family. i am very sorry for your loss.
6/1/04, Lake Dallas, TX
John and Judy Schuh
From the family of Lt Joel Schuh, our great sympathy. We will remember you
all in our prayers.May his soul rest in peace.
6/1/04, Fremont, CA
I love ya Kenny! I spent the best years of my Jr. High and high school
life with you close to me like a brother. You were always welcome in our
circle of friends and that is where you will always be in our hearts. I
just wish you could have meet my son "AJ". You would have been like an
uncle to him. Anyway, I love you and always will! love always, Andrea,
John, and little A.J. Harvey
6/1/04, Mountain View, CA
I am so very sorry to hear about your loss. I went to High School with Ken
and he was such a wonderful guy. I can't tell you how sorry I am. My
thoughts and prayers are with your family.
6/1/04, Union City, CA
love you Kenny! You always had and will continue to have a special place
in my heart! You are my hero and my brother and I will miss you everyday
for the rest of my life! Thank you for helping protect America, I know
that's what you loved to do best. You are my angel, and I know you will
forever be looking down upon the ones who love you forever! I love you
always! Until we meet again in heaven and with love, Christina, Jason and
6/1/04, Mountain VIew, CA
My deepest sympaties to your family. I can't even begin to know your
loss, but know that I shed tears everytime I hear such sad news about
another fallen soldier over there. I have a newphew in Falluja who is
very dear to me and everyday I pray for him. I wish I could wave a wand
and bring them all back, but you can't. It is the ultimate sacrifice that
makes them hero's in my eyes and especially in my heart.
6/1/04, Mountain View, CA
I awakened this morning to hear the very sad news about your son's
untimely death. I am so sorry for your loss. His death touched me and
compelled me to write to you and your family. Your son was a very
courageous person. His sense of caring and sacrifice he made for our
country was very selfless. Even though I never met your son, I know he
was a wonderful guy with a big heart. His smiling photos and sense of
commradery showed it all. My heart and prayers are with you during this
very difficult time.
May God bless you.
6/1/04, Mountain View, CA
Timothy Lawrence Madison
My good friend, words cannot express the sorrow of your passing and the
pride in sharing moments of my life with you. You were always a good man
and true to your heart, your family and to your friends. You will forever
be missed. May you rest in peace buddy, peace in knowing that all who have
ever known you will always love you.
Until we meet again my old friend, then we'll let the laughter commence
6/1/04, Pittsburg, CA
my deepest sympathy and prayers to the Ballard family
6/1/04, Milpitas, CA
I was very touched by the article I read in the SJ Merc News about Ken.
I am also truly sorry for you (and our country's loss)My heartfelt
thanks and sympathy goes out to his family and friends. He was a hero
for us all.!
6/1/04, Riverside, CA
As a parent, I don't know the words to write....I'm sorry, does not seem
to be enough. Thank you for sharing your child with us, and the
6/1/04, Mountain View, CA
We heard the horrible news of Ken's passing in class today. I
understand Ken graduated from the high school where I teach. I am
grateful for Ken's and others' willingness to put themselves in harm's
way for the sake of peace and freedom. Hundreds of us today, and in the
days to come, are thinking of Ken and his family. We are mourning with
someone you have never met
It has to be a horrible situation for you and I do not know what to
possibly say here. My thoughts are with you.
Ken about the same age as me. Leaving at this age is really tragic. I
wish you all the best and my thoughts are with you.
6/1/014, Alamdea, CA
Mary Ann Kurtz
My heart breaks for you today. I heard the news on KGO radio today, and
I cried for all who knew and loved Ken. God be with you.
I am unable to find the right words that will comfort you and make
sense of such a loss. I am unable to have children and therefore I can
only imagine your pain. Prayers are being being said for you and your
family and anyone who personally knew your son. I will think of him as I
do many other heroes when I start to take my freedom for granted I
always remind myself of the ultimate sacrifices that were paid. Linda
Arellano sending you my thoughts and prayers to a stranger, yet the
mother of a true hero.
Although we never met Ken we knew so much about him through his father
Tom. We just recently toasted Ken's safe return and played all the
patriotic music at our Memorial Day bbq. His father couldn't have been
more proud of Ken, his accomplishments and his commitment to serving his
country. I am truly sorry that we never had the opportunity to meet him,
but will honor his memory. Our sincere condolence to his Mom, Dad and
6/1/04, San Jose, CA
Bob and Pavita Reid
Dear Ken, his loving family and friends .... We have never met but my
Wife and I were working near Mom when she received the news on Monday
morning of your death. I was the big guy carrying my 5 year old Son in
my arms as I tryied to console Mom but I was too emotional to speak! All
I could do was to place flowers at Mom's booth and give her a big hug. I
wish I was less emotional so I could have told Mom how deeply we feel
for her and the loss of her Brave Son. Thank you ken for serving our
counry and protecting my family, right here in San Jose, Califonia !!!
God Bless you Lt. Ken Ballard, family and friends
6/1/04, Mountain View, CA
i'm sorry for your pain! may you get whatever you need in this time of
sadness!My prayers are with you
a friend of cathy's from the hospital...........
6/1/04, San Jose, CA
I may have not known you son, but as a Son, Husband, Soon to be Father,
American, a Marine, and a Veteran, your loss is profoundly felt. I lost
my close friend, my brother Sgt. Adam Estep on April 29, I know your
pain and your loss. No words can lessen the pain, but I thank you for
your support of your son, and Lt. Ballard for his sacrifice. I am only
22 years old but over the last year have had to grow up and live with my
decision in life that I am proud to say I have done. I did not know Ken
but I am proud of him. His memories will live on forever.
Cpl Ross Wright
6/1/04, Cleveland, TN
CPT Stacey Corn
There are three dates that I will never forget. 9 OCT 03 the day my
unit was ambushed and I lost two of my soldiers and it was also the
day I met you for the first time. The second date is 11 FEB 04 when I
was ambushed and lost two more great Americans. You were the first to
contact me from the Squadron when you came all the way across Baghdad
to BIAP to check on me and the boys. The third date is 31 May 04, when
I found out you had died. I was completely deflated. My wife was upset
also. Even though she had never met you, I had spoke of you and your
platoon often to her while I was in Baghdad and she felt like she knew
you. I told her about how much your men my Troop respected you. I
can't tell you the number of NCO's that asked me to get you
transferred to my Troop on a permanent basis. One of the toughest
things I had to do was tell my Troop you had been killed. You were one
of the best officers I have ever met and I will never forget you. I'll
never forget the many nights
we spent riding around in your tank (or one that you "borrowed"
because you couldn't keep yours working) patrolling SADR city and the
memorable "salutes" you gave the SADR bureau and the Mehedi army as we
passed by those cowards. I'll never forget the inflatable pig "HENWEN"
that you put on your gun tube for raids to piss off the "local"
insurgents. Or all the times you would run into my TOC and demand to
go raid somebody. Certainly I could never forget the the last raid we
did together, with you standing on top of your tank wearing nothing
but your flak vest, kevlar and boots. You were always there for my
Troop whenever we got in trouble. I just wish we could have been there
for you. Good-bye my friend. I'll see you on the high ground.
6/1/04, Bremerton, WA
Jean & Sven Eklof
Sven and I would like to extend our heartfelt condolences to your entire
family. We picked Ken up at Ft. Lewis when he was here for training.
It was his birthday (25 I believe) and he and our daughter Erika were
going out to dinner and a movie. Erika knew Ken from Tennessee as she
was seeing Patrick Taylor and they were all friends. Ken was such a
nice young man and we had lots of laughs and fun with him that day. My
husband is retired Navy and with a sticker on the car we could get on
the base to get Ken. Erika had left her car at the big mall and after
getting Ken we drove the two of them back to the car and off they went
to dinner. Erika thought of Ken as a big brother. Ken had such a big
heart and loved life so much. He will be truely missed.
Jean and Sven Eklof
6/1/04, Palo Alto
My heart and prayers go out to you... I wish you good friends and
strength as you face the days ahead.
My sincerest condolences to everyone who loved and cared for Ken.
I listened avidly to his mom on KGO radio and felt as if I were given
a special gift just sharing in her love for her son. I wish, so very
much, that he was still here. He was obviously a very very good man.
Big giant hugs to Ken's family and all the guys in the unit. We're
saying prayers for you all to come home soon!!!
6/1/04, Santa Clara, CA
My sincerest condolense to Ken's family. I attended Mtn. View High
around the same time as Ken. I didn't know Ken personally, but knew of
him. I come to realize how much we take things for granted. Including
the people we meet and know. To think, I went to school with a true
6/1/04, Concord, CA
Meredith--I'm so very sorry for your loss. I heard the first of your
interviews about Ken on KGO just last week.
Your interviews helped connect us with Everyman fighting abroad, and now
Ken's loss...well, it's a sad reminder of the true randomness of death
over there and the speed with which it can overtake one.
For whatever small consolation it may bring, know that you've touched
many lives via your interviews and this site, and that your son lives on
in the memory of many.
6/2/04, Kauai, HI
Ken was someone who had the biggest heart and always put his frinds and
family first before his own needs. There are not enough words that can
be said to bring him back to us, except for Thank You Ken for all that
you have done for us and "Until we Meet Again" I will never forget what
you did for me and Taylor.
6/2/04, OakRidge, NJ
MY DEEPEST SYMPATHIES GO OUT TO YOU AT THIS THE WORST OF TIMES. WORDS
CANNOT REALLY HELP AND DEEDS ONLY A LITTLE. I KNOW YOU'RE PROUD OF KEN
AND WILL HONOR HIM IN ANY WAY YOU CAN. MY SON IS IN 3/2 ACR IN NAJAF AND
WAS IN THE SAME FIGHT. GOD BLESS KEN AND YOUR FAMILY
6/2/04, Whittier, CA
Lt. Ken Ballard and Family
My condolences and deepest sympathies for your loss.
It is brave Americans like your son that are wiiling to make the
ultimate sacrifice for what they believe in, that makes our country
Your son was a courageous American and will always be in my thoughts
Mario Montano & Family
I will pray for your family. And know that he is smiling down upon you
today. God Bless
6/2/04, Tiburon, CA
Dear Ms. Ballard, I am so sorry for your loss. I read about your son
today in the San Francisco Chronicle. Ken seemed like a great guy who I
would have loved, and been honor to have met. The pictures on your
website brought both a smile and a tear. I grieve for your loss, and
thank you and the Lord for such a fine man that risked all for our
country. Sincerely, Larry McCullough
6/2/04, West Plains, MO
I am so very, very sorry to hear of Ken's death. From the experience
of recently losing an infant son, I know there aren't ANY words that
can make the pain less. I hope you will find comfort in the life Ken
Thank you for raising a wonderful son who was such a hero for our
country. I am sorry he had to give his ultimate sacrifice and that you
had to also. I pray God will comfort you at this time and richly bless
Paige Mossman and family
(A friend of Kateri's)
6/2/04, New York City
Karen Meredith: My condolences to you. I was at MVHS with Ken and just
learned of his fall in action. I didn't know Ken too well, but we had
some classes together, he was always hard working and I commend his
valor and nobility in serving for our country. He will always be
remembered warmly as a hero. You should be proud.
6/2/04, Ft Polk, LA
LT James and Chassie Corbin
To the family and friends of LT Ballard:
Although I personally never knew your loved one, my husband is
presently serving in Najaf, Iraq with Ken's unit. He said that LT
Ballard was a great guy and an excellent leader. I know there is not alot of comfort in these times of pain and sorrow, but know that many
families are praying for you. We pray that God will give you peace
and understanding and that He will comfort you through this time of
We both are deeply sorry for Ken's loss and yours.
6/2/04, Santa Clara, CA
I just heard and I am very sorry for your loss. There are no words that
I can write to describe my deepest sorrow. I will always remember the
joy your son brought you. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Ken was one of my best friends. We talk on a regular basis ever since he
joined the army after our graduation in high school. My wife and I
visited him every time he came back from a duty, and always talked about
the future. I will miss the crazy times we had, and most of all, I will
miss my bloodbrother...
6/2/04, Mountain View, CA
The Hammell Family
Words cannot express the heartfelt sorrow and pain we feel for you and
your family. This War has not come close to home until now and,
although we never had the opportunity nor privilege of meeting Ken,
we feel a great sense of loss. The loss of a brave soldier and good
man who devoted all of his adult life to protecting what most of us
take for granted every minute of our lives. Ken made the ultimate
sacrifice for all of us. In the eyes of many, he was a real hero.
May the fond memories of Ken that you keep close at heart help get you
through this very difficult time. Our prayers and thoughts are with
John, Kelly, Kyle, Bryce & Ryan Hammell
I met Ken, and he left me with a lasting impression. His dedication to
his country and to his armored unit, he was a solders solder. I was very
honored to have known him. You can be very proud of him. God Bless You,
Ken (Lynn's Dad)
6/2/04, San Francisco
Dear Mrs. Ballard,
My heart goes out to you on the tragic loss of your brave son. As the
aunt of a USMC pilot who is headed to Iraq shortly, you will continue
to be in my prayers. I am deeply grateful to the sacrifices of your
son and all military families in the defense of freedom.
With deepest sympathy.
6/2/04, San Jose, CA
Karen my deepest sympathy,
Even though I never had the chance to meet Ken in person, I meet
him through your eyes and your conversation. You always spoke of him
so proudly and you should be proud. He will always be remember as a
true hero not just in my eyes but in the eyes of the world. A brave
man who fought for us all. Ken you will forever be in our thoughts
and prayers. You will be miss by all those who love you. Karen
always know that by sharing ken memories he will live for ever. God
bless you and your family.
Sincerely your co-worker,
6/2/04, China Lake, CA
Words could not begin to describe the feelings I have when I think
about you not coming home. So, I won't even try. You don't need me
to tell you how much you touched my heart, and my life. I am truly
blessed for having the chance to have had you in my life. And, I
will always remember you, and the memories we shared.
With my love, D.B.C
6/2/04, Maryville, TN
To Ken's mom, Ken was at MTSU with me and I can't say enough what a
strong, kind and fun loving person he was. He made me laugh on the
worst days and was always ready to help, to stand up for a friend or
whatever he believed in. He could fill up a room with his laughter.
I am so sorry for your loss. He will be greatly missed, but not
forgotten. You and he are in my thoughts and prayers.
6/2/04, Kirk, Co
May his memory bring you many happy moments! Thank you for your
sacrifice. My prayers are with you.
6/2/04, Jackson, TN
May God be with the family of Ken. I am so sorry to hear of your
loss. Ken served with pride and bravery, you should be proud. Your
family is in my prayers. May God bless you and the men/women that are
still there and also their families.
6/2/04, Lancaster, NY
We are praying for you. May God keep you in his care.
6/2/04, Los Angeles, CA
Ken and his unit, are heroes to all of us.
6/2/04, Castro Valley, CA
It is always hard to hear about servicemen being injured or killed,
but particularly hard when it hits close to home. While I haven't seek
Ken for many years, he was my cousin's only son and now he is gone. We
are in Iraq to help them but I guess there are still a large number of
the enemy who like the way it was and don't think we belong there.
This is not the place to debate that topic, but it is a place to
grieve and express cares and concerns for the survivors. Ken will be
missed by his family and those who know him as a friend, leader, and
fellow soldier. Serving his country was something Ken wanted to do and
he was proud of his position as a tank commander. My love, prayers,
and concerns go out to those who knew him better than I.
My heart goes out to you. My son is near Najaf at this moment and I
pray daily for his return home. You are in my prayers to ask God to
give you the strength to get through the dreadful ordeal facing you.
6/2/04, Portola CA
My heart goes out to you at this time for the pain you must be
feeling. Please know that your Heavenly Father loves you and is
there to lean on as needed. If you need to bend an ear of someone
you do not know, email me...
You are in my prayers
6/2/04, Martinez, CA
Thank you for sharing Ken with us through this website. Thank you
for sharing Ken with us as a member of the Armed Forces. Please
allow me to share my condolences, thoughts, and prayers with you and
the rest of Ken's family at his loss and at this time of incalcuable
6/2/04, Bremerton, WA
I never met Ken, but knew of him through my daughter. Ken was kind
enough to respond to my e-mail and gave me a first hand perspective
of the front lines in Iraq 5/17/04. I have mounted his picture, with
the e-mail he sent me and his service information here at work for
all to see. He is indeed an American Hero.
~RIP~ from a friend of a friend. (matt medlock) Its a horrible
tragedy and they need to bring our men home.
6/2/04, Tricia Miller & Richard Haley
I thought if I waited a little while I could put my feelings into
words, but it's occurred to me that there are no words to explain
how sad I am at the loss of Ken and how much I feel for Karen. I'm
honored to know the mom of such a brave man, and to have heard so
much about Ken. Karen, you are in our thoughts and prayers.
6/2/04, Spanaway, WA
The families of the Iron Dukes send their deepest sympathies. We
feel the loss greatly, but know that it is even harder for you, his
family. Ken is a hero that will not be forgotten. God Bless, Emma
6/2/04, Greenville, SC
The White Family
Dear Ballard Family,
My family's prayers are for you. My brother Perry and Ken went to
MTSU and ROTC together. I had the honor of meeting Ken. Perry spoke
highly of him and after meeting Ken I knew why. Ken taught Perry a
lot and I am grateful for it. Ken is now a special angel... An Angel
that will watch over HIS troops. My God be with you....
6/2/04, Concord, CA
I am with Blue Star Mom's - Part of my job w/ them is to order the
Gold Star Flags for people in our area.
6/2/04, Pleasanton, CA
I am so sorry for your loss. I thank you for the service your son
provided so that we may continue to live in a free country. I'm so
thankful that your son stood on the lines so that we can enjoy the
freedoms we have here at home. He is a HERO to us Americans.
God bless you and your family.
I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. My heart breaks for you and all
the families who have lost loved ones. You're in my thoughts and
prayers. Take care.
6/2/04, Little Silver, NJ
To the family of Ken Ballard ~ Our hearts are breaking with and for
you. There are no words that we could offer to fully express our
sorrow and sympathy. You are in our thoughts and our prayers. God
bless you. Joe & Linda Rhyne
I am so very sorry to hear about Ken. My son Erik Fraser was in his
class at MVHS. As a mother I cannot imagine what you are going
thru. My deepest sympathies.
6/2/04, Atascadero, CA
My son, SSG Michael William Mitchell, was killed on 4-4-04 in Sadr
City. He was in the 2-37th and the first one in the batallion to
die. And now death has struck still another of our fine soldiers.
Believe me when I say that I know what you and the family of Ken are
going through. We are coming up on the 2 month anniversary of
Mike's death and every day is still hard. Our prayers are with you.
6/2/04, Mountain View, CA
Sorrow & gratitude for our fallen hometown boy and all the other
fallen service members. May their supreme sacrifice create a safer &
more tolerant world for all. May there be strength & comfort for all
those who knew them & love them.
'Stranger, go tell the Spartans that here we are buried, obedient to
6/2/04, East Bay area, CA
I heard about your son from a friend who met you recently. I can't
really think of anything to write that other people haven't said
better, but I'd like you to know that, as a mom, when another mom
loses a child, the loss feels personal somehow. Please accept my
deepest sympathy. You will be in my thoughts and Memorial Day will
have new meaning from now on.
6/2/04, Pendleton, IN
My son, Lucas Hale, is stationed where Ken was and described him as
one of his good friends. We first learned of Ken's passing through
an email from Luke. I could tell that Ken was a generous and brave
soldier by the way Lucas described him and I know his loss is
profoundly felt by the soldiers that worked with Ken every day. He
told us Ken died trying to help others. I imagine this was typical
of Ken...always looking to help others. I know that no words of
condolence or heartfelt acts of sympathy will ease your pain now. I
know that he will always be missed. But, know in your heart that
Ken will NEVER be forgotten by his fellow soldiers and their
families. Ken represents all that is good and honorable about our
country and our lives. God comfort you and help all of us to carry
on the values and dedication that Ken lived by.
6/2/04, Petersburg, VA
Words can't convey how sad I am for your loss. I know Ken's aunt
Kateri as an online friend, and it was heartbreaking to learn of
Ken's death. I am so very sorry, and I pray God will give you
strength and comfort. Thank you for your son's service to our
Love, Samantha and family
6/2/04, Miami, FL
Our family wants to express our sincere sorrow on your loss, our son
is still in Iraq with the rest of the troop. But please count on us
for anything you might need. I will keep praying for God to give
you strength and peace.
6/2/04, Pacifica, CA
I cried when reading of your loss. I am a single mother with two
sons David 21, signed up for the Marines waiting for the TT to
clear and then he will serve and Adam 18 going to City College. I
am proud of your Son serving his country and bring honor to you
and your family from the boy to Lt. Ken Ballard the man.
Anything I can do please let me know. I work for the loc. Police
Dept. If you wish to call me I will give you my work number.
6/2/04, Mountain View, CA
I was terribly grieved and angry to get the news via the El Camino
Hospital network - I know Cathy from there. My son, Christopher
Johnson graduated with Ken and coincidentally went to college in
Nashville. I know MTSU very well from when I lived in Nashville.
Just wanted to send you my deepest sympathy and prayers. I can only
imagine how devastated you must be.
Moses & Angela Arroyo
i am so sorry for your loss I graduated from mnt. high in 94 my wife
in 95 we both remember him , please know it struck our hearts when
we heard and saw the news our thoughts are with you and you family
. please take care of you selfs moses and angela arroyo
6/2/04, SFO, CA
My heart is hurting.....
you have a fine son...
SGT Lo, 223MI
6/2/04, San Francisco, CA
Thank you so much for raising such a wonderful boy and nurturing him
into such a splendid young man. He was clearly a blessing to so many
people who knew him on this earth, to the soldiers who served under
him, to all of us Americans for whom he fought. You are surrounded
by many of us -- even here in loopy San Francisco -- whose hearts
break for your sacrifice and loss, and who honour your son for the
courageous and caring choice he made to serve on our behalf. I hope
you can find some small comfort in the knowledge that your
separation is only temporary and that you will be together again
some day. Thank you again for raising such a fine young man.
6/2/04, Sunnyvale, CA
Ken and I graduated from Mountain View the same year. His
sacrifice, both in life and beyond, has reminded me how lucky we all
are to have men such as Ken in our midst. My prayers are with his
family - Ken may be my age, but I can only hope that someday I have
such a positive effect on people's lives.
Dayna Wiley (Ballard)
Aunt Karen and Uncle Tom, It has been a long time since we have been
in touch but my dad has kept me up to date on everything with you
all and Ken over the years, as I am sure he has with you guys. I
can't imagine what you are going through because I know how much it
hurts us. I still think of us as the little kids throwing snails at
the cars that drove by grandma and grandpa's house. This May my son
Dawson turned 5 and insisted on having an "Army Birthday Party". (He
loved to see the picture of Ken on the tank.) One of his friends
gave him a helicopter just like the one Adrienne broke of Kenneth's
so long ago. Every time I picked it up to put it away it reminded me
of Ken, now it will always remind me of Kenneth as a little boy and
as a hero.
Dear Ken, I heard the news late last night. It is with the deepest
humility and heartfelt condolences that I am writing to you. Words
cannot express to you the sadness that I feel. Only that I am. You
were my roommate, my mentor, my best-friend. The world will be a much
bigger place without you in it. I'm a better man for having known
you, and whenever I look up, I'll know there is a big Armored Moose
in the sky looking down on me. I love you man, Save a spot for me.
My prayers are with your family. I am sooo sorry for your loss. My
husband served with your son, and said he was a great man!! God
Bless you all!!
Moose, I'll never forget the times in OBC with the guys from 3rd PLT.
I'll never forget the times you spent with Shari and I in Germany or
how you were the first to find out that I was going to be a DAD. I
guess someone wasn't watching the gene pool when that happened.
You'll be sorely missed my friend but I know that you'll be writing
your jokes in the heavens. We'll remember you always. Emu, Monkey
Toes and Seth.
6/3/04, Cypress, CA
I am so very sorry for your loss. I knew
of Ken through Liz. Our family is keeping you and your family in our thoughts
and prayers. Ken will always be a hero in our hearts.
6/3/04, Killeen, TX
I spent 10 years in the Army and I can
tell just by looking at the pictures of LT Ken that he was a heckuva leader
and took care of his troops. God Bless.
6/3/04, Levittown, NY
Please accept my sincerest condolences for the
profound loss of your son. I cannot say I was lucky enough to know Ken. I
have a son and if he grows up to be half the man your son Ken was than I
will know that I succeeded as a parent. The pictures of Ken with all his
buddies speak volumes to his character. My family appreciates the fact that
your son as well as all of his comrades were/are serving this great country
of ours. It saddens us all that Ken had to pay the ultimate price so that
we can all be free. My husband was working downtown in Manhattan on
the morning of September 11. Thank God he came home to me. Your son and
your family and all that fight for our freedom here in America so this great
country of ours will remain free will always be in our prayers.
The Krstacic Family
6/3/04, Murfreesboro, TN
Lt Frank Parlow
I graduated and was commissioned with Ken in May of
02. We also both majored in International Relations so we had alot of classes
together. The pictures on this website describe Ken perfectly. He always had
a good time regardless where he was. I have lost a few friends in this war
but none were as close to me as Ken was. He was always there. We will all
6/3/04, Nashville, TN
I am so sorry for your loss, there are are no words.
"Thank you" to your son for his service to our country and to you as his
family for sharing his story with us. I can see he was a wonderful man.
6/3/04, Denver, Colorado
I have had trouble putting words together to express my sorrow. You
have shared so much with David and me the last several days and I thank
you for that. I love you so very much. Both you and Ken
welcomed me into the family the moment David introduced me to you.
The two of you are very special people and my life has been enriched
because of you. My tears are flowing, my heart is broken, my love to
all of your family and loved ones. Ken will not be forgotten - he is
"My Hero" too. We will continue to take care
of the other men and women who are serving to protect our freedom and
country as Ken would want us to. We are standing by for a new
address and point of contact to send packages from work, our neighborhood
and my mom's church in Albuquerque. It is amazing how many people
have been touched by Ken through your website and want to continue to
support his unit and others. Thank you for being a wonderful mom and
friend to Ken. May God's love comfort you and your family at this time of need.
Alexander (Sasha) Kitaigorodsky
My deepest condolences go out to all touched by this.
Ken - tragically, you're gone. I am left speechless, pondering about this
terrible twist of fate. You will always be in hearts and minds of those
people who you've touched with your explosively outgoing, contagiously
fun-loving personality that was always hungry for adventure. Its a shame
that universe just lost one of its most honest, straight forward and
dedicated beings. Hang on Ken; well see you again soon, big guy...
I pray God will touch your lives in a very special way. That you will know
and be able to feel his touch. I feel so bad for you, I had a grandson over
there and now, have another one in Afgahistan. Please take care and know my
love goes out to you.
6/4/04, Mountain View, CA
I will treasure my memories with Ken forever. I hope that he knew how very
much he meant to me. He had such a big heart and touched so many lives in
so many ways. I will forever be a better person for knowing him.
My deepest sympathies go to you and the rest of your family during this time
of loss. Please rest assured that Ken's memory will live on in the countless
of us whose lives he has touched.
I am so sorry for your loss. I know how proud the family was of Ken. Cathy
talked about him all the time.
Gosh...where do I begin. I thought that if I could waited a few days to
gather my thoughts this would be much easier. Unfortunately, its not. Ken
affected my life in a way that no one else ever has or ever will. After
meeting in the dorms Freshman year of college, we only grew into the best of
friends and grew closer. He was a best friend and a mentor to me and will
always be looked up to. Every time that he comes to mind it just makes me
think about all of the times that we spent laughing together and all of the
jokes he use to tell. All the memories of Ken and I are all good ones. He
was an incredible friend with an incredible heart!
Karen, my heart goes out to you and my prayers will continue for you as I
share the loss with you. I always felt a closeness to you through Ken. You
two will have a place in my heart forever!
Ken- I Love You! You were always like a brother to me!
all of the brave soldiers in Iraq are to be commended and thanked for their
dedication and sacrifices. I know from his aunt Cathy that Ken was very
special and will be missed so very much. God love him, his family, and all
the soldiers in Iraq
Dear Karen, Your strength and the obvious pride you have in your remarkable
son is demonstrated by the devotion you made to sharing your hero with the
SF Bay Area and the world. As an El Camino employee, I was kept up to date
on the events surrounding Ken's deployment to Iraq and the events leading up
to his death. From all I had heard, he died as he lived, thinking only of
the safety and security of those who served with him. I was saddened and,
yes a little angry, learning of the ultimate sacrifice he made in service to
our country. His entire family and friends will remain in my thoughts and
I just wanted to say that Ken was an awesome guy. He was a great friend and
little brother in the fraternity to my husband. My thoughts and prayers are
with you. I know that it has to be hard and only someone in your shoes can
know what it is like to lose your soon. Ken was doing what he loved to do
and he is such an honorable man for that.
I am a brother here at sigep at MTSU and just learned about the death of
Ken. While I never met him, it is still very upsetting to learn that a
brother has died in this war. The brothers here send their condolences to
the family and friends and we will see you all monday night.
I was shocked to see my co-worker Cathy Patton on television Tuesday morning
with tears in her eyes and a shaky voice telling of the loss of her nephew,
Ken. Ken came into my and all of my co-workers hearts through stories and
pictures that Cathy shared with all of us. We were all disappointed to here
that he would not be returning in March as planned, we all could not wait to
meet such a great man. Sadly though, we will never get to know him. It
hurts me so much that such a beautiful brave person is no longer with us and
cannot image the pain that his family is feeling. My heart goes out to you
all and thank you Cathy, for sharing Ken with all of us.
6/4/04, Ben Lomond
I am so very sorry. May you find some solace in the thoughts/prayers of all
of us, extended to you and your family.
6/4/04, El Camino Hospital, Mountain View, CA
Patrick & Terri Dubridge
May God bless your family for eternity. Our prayers and sorrow are with
6/4/04, San Jose, CA
Words cannot express how sorry I am for your loss. I work with Cathy, and I
will continue to pray for all of you during these tough times.
6/4/04, Fremont, CA
Under His Wings! That's where he's safely abiding. Ken's sacrifice for his
country has touched the hearts and lives of many of us. We pray that God
will continue to watch over his fellow soldiers and now during this time of
loss, may God give you strength Karen. We will continue to uplift you and
your family in prayer. Love always
6/4/04, Union City, CA
My heart aches for you. I heard about Ken from Cathy, who I know at ECH. Her
love and pride of Ken was always so evident. Ken was a wonderful man. I can
only imagine how hard this is for all of you. Please accept my condolences.
6/4/04, San Jose
Wishing you peace and comfort now
and in the days ahead.
p.s. my hero too.
6/4/04, Capitola, CA
I am sorry for your loss. I did not know Lt. Ballard, but you spoke of him
often, in the most respectful, loving, and worried of ways.
Please accept my reluctance in the support of the Iraqi situation, but
know that my disappointment is in the policy, not the people, Our troops
shall be supported, and for Lt. Ballard and the 800+ before him, I am
grateful for the their commitment and dedication to the freedoms that we
enjoy, and often take for granted.
May peace befall on us all, including those who think different and play
the games of the world differently, that they recognize the metal of Lt.
Ken Ballard is a part and parcel, representative of all that is within the
matrix of us as Americans.
With sincere respect and thanks,
6/4/04, San Jose, CA
Renee Noelani Awai
I'm so sorry for your great
loss. My brother is also there serving in the Navy and we can't wait for this
whole tragedy to over with. May God Bless you while your family is mourning.
Love and Aloha, Renee
6/4/04, Sunnyvale, CA
I am so sorry for your loss.. I
know that you and your family must have been very proud of him. I am sure
proud of what he has done for our country and I did not even know him.. I do
work at El Camino hospital with his Aunt and I know that she is a wonderful
lady.. So I am sure he was a wonderful Man. May God Bless your family. My
thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. NOW KEN IS A SOLDIER IN
HEAVEN...... Elaina Flores
6/4/04, Morgan Hill, CA
J. Eric Guglielmoni
My deepest sympathy to all of
Ken's family for this tragic loss. Having done a tour of duty with the Marines
in Vietnam many years ago, I understand the difficulties of "staying
motivated" day after day. I've learned that Ken not only inspired those around
him in combat but also his family at home. He is an inspiration to me, a true
hero and I know he will never be forgotten.
6/4/04, Murfreesboro, TN
I just want to express my
deepest sorrow and sympathy to Ken's family and all his friends. I went to
MTSU with Ken and was lucky enough to be touched by the kindness and
generosity he showered upon those he knew. He was a model soldier, friend,
and man. This is the legacy he left and he will be terribly missed by
everyone who ever had the pleasure of befriending him. You are all in my
6/4/04, Burke, VA
Words can never express my
deepest condolences. My thoughts and prayers are with you always.
6/4/04, Miami, FL
I talk to my son Pablo Arista
yesterday, he is still in Najaf and he was serving with your son when he was
in C Company he told me that your son was so good, a good man, a good soldier,
a good friend, he was a joker and he always have a positive attitude about
everything. He was committed to his work as no one. My son was deeply sad by
his departure and he wanted you to know this. He mentioned to me that he can
not believe how many good people have left us. He asked me to show his sorrow
May the Lord console you
6/4/04, Columbus, OH
Jon & Erin Riback
I'm so sorry to hear of your
I didn't know Ken personally, I
am a friend of Cathy's (his aunt) from El Camino Hospital. My heart goes out
to you, Ken's family and friends. I can tell by what I've read that Ken has
touched many lives and will be deeply missed. What a special young man he
was, to risk his life so that the rest of us can be safe. My deepest
gratitude to all of you who continue to risk your lives so that we can be
free. I will keep you in my prayers.
6/4/04, Dickson, TN
I didn't know Ken, but one of my
best friends was Ken's ROTC Commander (?) at MTSU. He sent an email regarding
Ken and what a great soldier and man Ken was. To say I'm sorry in your time
of loss seems so small in the face of the sacrifice Ken made. You are in my
constant prayers, as are all those who stand a watch so my family and I can
sleep well and enjoy the freedom of our wonderful nation. May God bless and
keep you all.
6/4/04, Mountain View, CA
Ken as a fellow Mtn. View High
School Alumni my heart was broken when I heard of your death. You are a true
Hero. God bless you and your family.
6/4/04, Mountain View, CA
I worked at El Camino Hosp. We
had the flag half staff in honor of Lt. Ken Ballard. I just want you to know
I'm praying for you and your family.
6/4/04, Sunnyvale, CA
My condolences & deepest
sympathies goes out to you. I'm so sorry for you loss. God Bless.
6/4/04, Richmond, VA
Sigma Phi Epsilon (Sean Leahey)
I recently heard about your
family and our family's loss over the Internet.
I wanted to wish all of you our
deepest sympathy on behalf of the entire Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity. Having
served under the first gulf war in the Marines personally I know how much of a
trying time this is
Sigma Phi Epsilon Headquarters
6/4/04, Twain Harte, CA
SFC Bill Pilcher
I had the opportunity to work
with the LT. He was a soldiers officer. A leader I followed. I trusted him
with my life and my soldiers lifes. I will truly miss him. Please except my
condolences. The LT will be remembered by me and the soldiers he led.
6/4/04, Mountain View, CA
I am so sorry to hear about your
loss. I graduated from Mountain View High School with Ken and actually
attended part of elementary school and middle school with him as well. We
never spent a lot of time together, but the one memory I have is how much he
loved to play the game "Battleship" when we had recess inside on rainy days in
elementary school! I am sure he loved what he did. I wish I had spent more
time getting to him. All my love and support to your family. He will be
6/5/04, Mountain View, CA
We all work with Ken's aunt,
Cathy Patton. Cathy has told us what a special person Ken was. The loss for
your family is deeply felt by all of us at El Camino Hospital. Our thoughts
will be with you in the days ahead. We send our love and sympathy.
6/5/04, Santa Fe, NM
Vicki L. Chavez
My thoughts and prayers are with
you at this time. I also have a son in Najaf and now is the time to grip our
hands in prayer for all our loved ones serving in the military.
6/5/04, Nashville, TN
FROM THE FAMILY FROM PERRY WHITE
WHO WAS IN SCHOOL WITH KEN AT MTSU AND ALSO AT FT KNOX KY. HE WAS A SPECIAL
FRIEND TO PERRY. OUR PRAYERS GO OUT TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY.
6/5/04, Murfreesboro, TN
Memories are such wonderful
things and more so in a time such as this. Ken was Ken, caring, never selfish
and always determined to be there for his friends. I am remember the ceremony
when you became me little brother, I remember the deactivated tank round we
put through a door in the house, I remember getting engaged and you being the
first to congratulate my wife and I with a bottle of champagne, I remember
going to nashville and getting the union Jack tatooed to my arm and you
getting the tanks on your arm with the dust trail kicking up in the back, I am
so glad to call you friend and will honor you in a vigil this monday my wife
and I have put together.
God bless Ken and look forward
to seeing you again one day.
6/5/04, Logan, UT
My deepest condolences on such a
tragic loss. I'm so sorry you had to lose Ken. Keeping your family in my prayers!
I'm a friend of Dayna's. She just
let me know of your family's loss. I can't imagine how hard this must be. I
pray for peace for you.
6/5/04, Fremont, CA
Dear Karen, I am so sorry for
your loss. You had a remarkable son, as you said when I last saw you at the NHS
reunion in '81. This loss cuts to my heart, knowing you as a good friend from
high school. I know how much you loved him. I would like to do something for you
and him. Is there any charity taking donations in his name? Can I take you out
to lunch sometime, once you feel able? You name the place, I'll take you
anywhere you want.
6/5/04, Boulder Creek, CA
I am so very sorry for the loss of
your son. I was deeply moved by your talks on kgo. In 1990, my dear nephew,
Marine Timothy Romei, was killed in the first gulf war. He was a helicopter
crew cheif, and like your son, ever since he was a small boy all he ever
wanted to do was fly. He was a tremendous young man, as is your son. I just have
this feeling they are together now...maybe doing the Soldier thing together in
heaven....keeping watch over others. Please, if you ever feel the need to talk
or cry, email me...I am here and live close by. You are in my prayers daily
and I now have a photo of your son next to my sweet Tim in my prayer journal.
God Bless you and no, we will never forget.
6/5/04, The Ohio State University
Ohio Gamma SigEp
Our prayers are with you- From
the SigEp Memorial Service I quote: "Now our brother has been called to be
with our other departed brothers in the presence of the Maker of us all.
But we are consoled by the words of St. Paul, '...all things work together for
good to them that love God, to them who are called according to His purpose.'
And so we are also comforted with the certain knowledge that our brother
finally has peace from the diligent labors of this life."
Brother Ballard, our hearts were
bound with the hearts of our brothers with fraternal love. May God be with the
President ~ Ohio Gamma
6/5/04, Mountain View, CA
Words can't express how I'm
feeling at the moment. I was friends with Ken at Mountain View High School,
we graduated the same class.
Just a few months ago, my
brother and I had discovered that Ken was over in Iraq, doing a hero's duty.
I had no idea he was there, but I was proud that we had a hometown boy over
there making a difference.
I wish I'd kept in touch after
school. I vividly remember all of Ken's excitement and obsession with things
military. I'm happy he was able to follow his dream. I'm saddened that his
dream had to come to an end.
I'm extremely grateful for his willingness to defend our nation, his family, and
me. I will miss him.
6/5/04, Santa Cruz, CA
I can't begin to understand what
you must be going though right now. Ken's cousin Liz has always spoken so
highly of him. My thoughts and prayers are with you right now.
6/5/04, Murfreesboro, TN
Melissa Tock Williams
I met Ken at MTSU threw Natalie.
He was one of the funniest people I have ever come in contact with. He is a
HERO!! He was a mentor to me and will always be in my thoughts. Karen- you
raised a terrific son, I can still hear him calling you "MOMS". He always
spoke so fondly of you. Thank you Ken for fighting for my freedom. Matt and I
will miss you dearly.
6/5/04, Chatanooga, TN
SGT Gary Frisbee
I was able to work with "Steel 1"
in Iraq. He was and is a great man. He'll be missed by so many. Ken was there
for me I'm sorry I was unable to be there for you sir. Meet you on the high
6/5/04, Escanaba, MI
My prayers are to try and ease the
pain that your family is experiencing now at this time and also to pray for
Ken. I'm a lifetime MAL of The Amvets Auxiliary of MI.
6/5/04, Murfreesboro, TN
I am still in utter shock since
being notified of Ken's passing. The numbness has not faded and soon I will
have to face reality that my best friend and person I loved most in the world
is gone. Ken has been my hero every since the day I met him, because from
that day forward my life was blessed for having known him. He taught me so
much about life. He was so charismatic, intelligent, good looking, and goofy
as hell. Every time he opened his mouth to speak, I either cracked up
laughing or I was utterly impressed because he was so smart. Ken always knew
how to make the best out of any situation. In all the letters that I received
from him while he was in Iraq, he was always positive and upbeat. I loved
hearing about his stories and what crazy things he was getting into. He loved
to brag about his guys and what an outstanding job they were doing over
there. I will never forget all the memories he left me with. Karen, I have
never had the pleasure of meeting you, but Ken spoke of you often.
I remember the little Jack in the Box antenna ball's he came back with
or that you sent him. He always put them on the antenna to his Sonoma (it was
how I could spot his truck from far off). Thank you so much for raising such a
wonderful son. The man he became was a reflection of who you taught him to be.
He has touched everyone he has met and even those he has never met. I am so
sorry for your loss. My life will forever be better because he was in it. Ken
I love you more than I could have ever imagined loving someone. I hope it was
never a doubt in your mind just how much you mean to me. Until we meet again in
a better place, be the angel you are and watch over your mom and the rest of
your guys. I miss you.
6/5/04, Indianapolis, IN
I went to high school with Ken
and have very good memories of hanging out with Ken at school in class and
during lunches. I followed his travels through the MVHS Alumni directory and
everything always sounded like he was having the best time of his life.
My thoughts and prayers are with you and the rest of Ken's family. He definitely
made a difference in his life that was too short.
6/5/04, Mountain View, CA
So sorry for your loss; so
grateful for wonderful young man you gave to all of us. We're lucky to have
young heroes like Ken to protect us and all we hold dear.
6/5/04, Waipahu, HI
My condolences to the family.
Thanks for your bravery in serving our country.
6/6/04, Florida Iota
I just wanted to send my prayers
out to the family of Ken Ballard I am a SigEp form University of South Florida
(FL Iota) and I wanted to say thank you to Brother Ballard for serving for our
country and for being a true example of what a SigEp should be a truly great
man. In VDBL, William Wagner
My best wishes go out to all of
you in this time. My regards to the Family, Friends, and Brothers of his
I wish to send my deepest
sympathies and condolences on your loss. I appreciate your son's heroic efforts
on behalf of our country. Thank you.
6/6/04, Mountain View, CA
THANK YOU. THANK YOU. WITHOUT MEN
LIKE YOUR KEN WE WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO LIVE LIFE AS WE KNOW IT NOW. HE GAVE THE
ULTIMATE SACRIFICE. MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU AND YOUR FAMILY.
6/6/04, Sunnyvale, CA
My deepest sympathy....I've
included Ken and your family in my prayers. God Bless all your family.
6/6/04, Mountain View, CA
Ken was a good person who as a
freshman in high school dreamed of leading a platoon of tanks. I'm glad that he
got to do what he always wanted to do. I'm sorry that his dream cut his life
short. I wish his family well and wish them well.
6/6/04, Mountain View, CA
All my thoughts and prayers to all
family members. I am proud of all our troops in the combat zone. God Bless All.
2LT Taylor Wetzbarger
Field Artillery, US Army
6/6/04, San Jose, CA
I just finished reading all the
messages on the web site. One thing that speaks volumes of what kind of man Ken
was , was the number of people who said Ken was their best friend. It takes a
very special person to have so many people feel that way. See you Wednesday.
6/6/04, Mountain View, CA
Patricia Booth (Hill)
My deepest sympathies to Ken's
family and friends.
I went to high school with Ken and
I wish I had gotten the chance to know him better. In my eyes, every soldier is
a hero, and Ken was definitely that.
6/6/04, San Jose, CA
I just read an article about
your son and his website on our Early Bird (news provider). I am a translator
here on BIAP. I'm sorry that you lost your son. But I want to celebrate his
life because he didn't die in vain. I never met him, but he is like a brother.
I grew up in Mountain View, and attended Theurkeuf and Adlai Stevenson
schools. Be blessed. I'm a single mom too. I know the love of a mother for her
only son. Thank you for bringing Ken into the world. Our Army is better
because he touched so many lives, mine included.
It is because Heroes like LT Ken
Ballard that we enjoy freedom everyday, always stay proud "THANK YOU LT KEN
We did not know Ken but have been good
friends with your Mother and Father and sister Cathy for many years. They
speak very highly of him and we know he was a marvelous young man loved by a
wonderful family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this very
Jim and Marilyn Harshman
I knew of Ken through Liz and I
can only say that my thoughts and prayers go out to your family in this time
of sadness. Being a New Yorker, after 9/11 there was always a saying here
that Heaven had one hell of a Fire Department and Police Department as a
result of the attacks. Well, now it not only has those, but one hell of an
Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine force. Thank you for all the sacrifices that
you and your son made for all of us.
I read your obituary this morning in the LA Times. With tears in my eyes
it's sort of become a Sunday ritual reading about the passing Americas finest
in this war in Iraq.
I'm writing this June 6; D-Day, the day America recognizes the brave
sacrifices of thousands of lives given 60 years prior, in another time and
Although I never knew you, in many ways I do know you. I was once in the
Army and I thank God that when I was in, it was a peaceful time and I was able
to 'do my time' and come home when I was supposed too. Your day was May
22 for the big welcome home party. My day was May 23....... 1980. A day I
definitely lived for.
Everyday I hear in the news; 3 American serviceman killed, 4 Americans
killed today in Iraq.. It's so easy to hear that and just go about your daily
business. But I know that these are Americas best young men and women in the
prime of their lives; somebody's son, husband, father, brother or friend.
These folks are loved and missed more than I can comprehend. I'm sorry, this
makes me feel like such a fool that sometimes I think my problems are so
important, Sorry Lt.
Lt Ballard I hope you're finding peace and eternal life with Almighty
God, my prayers are with you and for your family and friends who miss you
dearly. I thank you for your service to our great country and your supreme
sacrifice, you have touched my heart today.
6/7/04, Washington D.C.
Kenyon Edward McAfee
A dear friend sent me this
information and just because of who she is, I am compelled to offer a few
words of comfort.
May the Lord comfort you as you
go through this period of transition in your lives as well the country goes
"Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they shall be called the sons of God." - Matthew 5:9
We can all be peacemakers if we
have God's peace in our heart.
and eternal friend in the Lord
6/7/04, Smyrna, TN
Kimberly (Morton) Thornhill
I am so very sorry for your
family's loss. I knew Ken in college. We were in ROTC together. Ken was a
Great Spirited person and friend. He always had a smile and knew how to make
the best of the worst situations. He could always fill a room with warmth and
laughter. Please know that Ken has many friends that will miss him dearly.
Your family is in my thought and prayers.
6/7/04, Fremont, CA
I am very sorry to hear
about the loss your Ken in the war. I hear you on KGO and was shocked to hear
the news. My heart goes out to you. I can not imagine what it must feel like
to lose someone so close to your heart. I pray to god to give you strength.
My prayers are with you and again I am so sorry.
Wes and Joanne Ashford
Our thoughts and prayers are with
you during these days ahead. God has a plan for Ken and for you...Over and over
He has said, "I am with you always" Know he has his hand on your shoulder as you
6/7/04, San Jose, CA
I am a friend of Blake's and Ken
you are a hero to all of us. I did not know you personally or any other troops
serving in the war, but Each one is in my heart!
6/7/04, Parker, CO
Fred Beisser, Major USAF
My deepest sympathies go out to
all of Ken's family.
6/7/04, Murfreesboro, TN
I was in ROTC with Ballard. He
was a great guy and fun to be around. I'm sorry for your loss.
LTC Steve Lannom
Although I did not know Ken, I
am a friend of one of his ROTC Lieutenants. I am sorry for your loss. I
wanted to express my thanks for your sacrifice to our country for our
children and our way of life. His duty, honor and pride will not be
GOD's speed to your family
6/7/04, Perth, Scotland
Shannon de Vries
Hello, this is Shannon. I am
Richard Meredith's sister in law. I was so shocked to hear about the loss of
Ken. My deepest sympathies go out to his Mom and family as well as the
soldiers of his unit. All the way from across the ocean, we are all linked as
one in grief for the fallen.
6/7/04, Mountain View, CA
To Ken's Family my prayers go
out to you. I knew Ken in High School we played football at lunch he was a
good friend from what I remember. I want to say again my prayers go out to you
and your whole family.
6/7/04, Murfreesboro, TN
Tonight we honor you my friend
in a vigil my wife has put together. She has been my leaning post in this
very difficult time. You were always there for you're friends and am glad to
see the many, many people who's life you touched speak of you so. Every time
I look at my british flag on my right arm I think of you and the day we went
to get inked together. I can still see those tanks kicking up the dirt on
you're arm. You had many followers in you're foot steps you would be proud
to see what mike midgett has accomplished, he, larry and I will miss you
most. Watch over us and guide us in the right path.
6/7/04, Mountain View, CA
I learned the news of Ken's
death yesterday and am speechless. I graduated from Mountain View High School
with Ken and though we were not close, I knew him to be very kind. Nothing I
can say can be of any relief, but I am indescribably sorry for your loss.
6/7/04, Murfreesboro, TN
I wanted to let you know how
great a guy Ken will always be. I am an Alpha Tau Omega and on many
occasions hung out with him. He had been over to my house to hang out while
we were in college and faced off in Fraternity soccer and other sports. He
always played to the limit and beyond and always strived to win. I know if
someone such as I who really only knew him for a brief time is saddened by
his loss then I can only imagine yours. He is a hero on all counts and I
will miss him.
Sincerely Mike Jones
6/7/04, Waynesboro, TN
My husband Cpt John Parks
spent a few days in Najaf and had the pleasure of meeting your son. He had
called me to tell me how he'd met this awesome soldier who he wanted to keep
in touch with after they all came home. The next day, with a shiver in his
voice, he called to tell me about your son's death. I'm so sorry. Your son
unknowingly touched so many lives...left a profound impression...went to
heaven as a true hero. Thank you for bringing such a special person into this
6/7/04, Sunnyvale, CA
As a parent I can not imagine
what words might bring comfort for you and your family at this time. Your Son
was a great man. His courage and willingness to go into harms way will
someday be paid back with peace, is my prayer
6/7/04, Nashville, TN
Ken was my daughter Natalie's
friend. They were so close that I felt like I knew him before I met him. And
when I did meet him I understood why he and Natalie were such good friends.
He came to our home for Thanksgiving dinner in 2002. Not only was he a
delightful young man but he just fit right in and it felt like he was
family. It seemed that he would always be part of our family and is very
fondly remembered by all of us. As I sit here typing this at the desk that
once belonged to Ken, I am overwhelmed with sadness and grief at his loss.
Karen, you raised a most wonderful son who is a hero to many and will be
missed immensely. You are in my thoughts and prayers. With love and
Greg & Kelly Schaffer
When I heard the news my
heart just sank. I was a student at MTSU with Ken...he was a good friend of a
good friend, so our paths crossed regularly. He was so fun-loving, you
couldn't help but have a good time when he was around. Although he was a big
kidder, you just knew he was also the kind of guy who would do anything in the
world for you if you needed him. I have nothing but fond memories of Ken, and
extend our deepest condolences to his family. You are in our thoughts and
prayers during this difficult time.
I haven't shed a tear yet,
but I want to. I just saw the story on the news last night. My wife and I
couldn't believe it. We both new Ken from his college days at MTSU. Ken was a
best friend to my best friend, Scott. We were both in Scott's wedding. The
picture of Ken in the flower shirt sure sums it all up. He was a great guy who
ALWAYS knew how to have fun and make people laugh. I remember at Scott's
wedding when Ken was wearing his dress uniform, well except for a pair of
"Marvin the Martian" socks. I knew Ken outside his military days, but he had a
love for the Service and he was dying to get back in his tank. We love you Ken
and we miss you!!!! -lodl
I have been following this
story on KGO. I'm deeply
sorry for you and your
family. God Bless, Cynthia Rose
6/7/04, Salinas, CA
We are deeply saddened
by the loss of Ken, we have lost another great American. Our thoughts and
prayers are with you and your family. May God bless us all.
6/7/04, Lincolnton, NC
It has taken me a while to
figure out just what I can say. I haven't seen you or Ken since I was a
little kid, in fact the only thing I remember is breaking Ken's
helicopter. You were so helpful to me, during the war when I would call
you worried about my husband in the desert. It helped to have someone else
who was going through the same thing. I cannot imagine the pain you are
going through, and I know there really isn't anything I can do to help. On
the day I heard the terrible news, my son dug a dog tag out of his toybox
that my husband had brought home from the war. They had been given out to
the troops over there, called "Shields of Strength". On one side is a
bible passage that says "I will be strong and courageous. I will not be
terrified or discouraged, for the Lord my God is with me wherever I go.
Joshua 1:9". My son put it around my neck and I haven't taken it off
since, it made me think that in a way it was God telling me that Ken was
okay. Thank you for raising such a wonderful man, I'm so sorry that I
won't be able to meet him again and get to know him better. His death was
a great loss to our entire country, we always need great soldiers like
him. And I know that he will continue to guide and watch over his troops
in his death as he did in his life.
6/7/04, Redwood City,
You have been, and will
always be, one of the most loving and devoted parents we've ever known.
You did a wonderful job helping shape a truly great person. Like Ken, your
strength of character is an inspiration to us. Our loving thoughts are
with you and your family, and we would do anything to help you through
this time of tragic loss.
Peace and love,
Mike & Celeste
From one mother to
another, my deepest sympathies. You are a very brave lady and have been
truly courageous in the face of what can only be a horrific nightmare.
Ken was an outstanding
citizen and a loving son. I only hope my kids grow up to be like him.
We will always remember
Ken and you every memorial day from now on.
I read the story that
was in the news here on your website. I wept hard with tears for
you. The story of how Ken kept in touch with you while in Iraq
parallels our lives....I am so very sorry about Ken's death. I too
have a son in Najaf with the 2-37 and you are living what we
all fear. May God be with you and your family at this time! Please
know that my prayers are for you and know that you have done such a
beautiful honor of your son's wonderful life with this web site and it
shows what a beautiful mother you are.
May God Bless you and
ease your pain,
mother of Cpl. Cade Carr
2-37 1st Armored Division
Please accept the
prayers of a former Second Cav Trooper and my family. Your Ken was
obviously a great man, and his loss will be felt by many. Toujours
Pret Sir, Always ready.
The Morrison Family
remember you talking about Ken so often during our chats when I was
supposed to be selling you stuff. You were so proud of him and so
loving. I am so sorry for your loss. Please accept my sincerest
condolences. Kathy Todd
May I extend my deepest
condolences to Ken's family, firnds and loved ones. Ken and I were at MTSU
together, both International Relations students. Ken was an absolute joy. I
don't know if I would have made it through some of our classes had he not been
there to always keep me laughing. Even though I hadn't been in touch with him
in awhile, I thought about him every time I heard of more American troops being
killed in Iraq. I was so worried about him. But Ken was so proud of serving
his country. He will always be a soldier and a true hero.
6/8/04, Nashville, TN
1Lt Golden Hand
I can not express what I feel
right now Ma'am. Myself and 1LT Perry White spent all four years of ROTC with
Ken. Our freshman year we pretty much lived together. Which makes writing this
the hardest thing I have ever had to do. Your son was the best friend a man
could ever ask for and the fiercest soldier God ever created. The world is a
little smaller without him. He is missed by so many and your family will
always be in my prayers. Ken, me and White love ya brother--Golden
Matt Lahey "Spanky"
I am Ken's Grand Big Brother
in Sigma Phi Epsilon. He was alway in high spirits and if ever I needed to
talk to someone he was there. He always made me laugh and smile. He never
liked to see someone feeling blue. I got to spend alot of time when he was
here at MTSU. I am a better person for knowing Ken. My thought's and prayer's
go out to Ken and his family. He will be dearly missed. To Ken, H.F.F. buddy
until we meet again, Matt Lahey
Thinking about you all and
praying for you all on this Wednesday. It will be hard but you will get
through it, by the grace of God.
Blessings, love and Jesus'
Dione in Australia, friend of
San Jose, CA
I don't know your family, nor
did I know Ken. I heard about this on the news and looked it up on Google
which brought me to your site. I just wanted you to know that no matter what
political views we have about this war, we are eternally grateful for the men
and women who are in the service and are willing to fight for our freedom and
the freedom of others around the world. It's why we have the life that we do
here. I sincerely regret your loss and want you to know that our prayers are
with you. Paula
Rick & Medina Stackpole
Ken was a very good friend to
our son 1st LT Ricky Stackpole. We were fortunate to have him join us for
dinner in our home. He made such a positive impression on us as parents and
was a positive influence in our sons life. We feel your loss deeply. The
memorial service held by his fraternity was well represented by many who knew
him and whose lives he had touched. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and
all those who have been touched. Remember his memory is always in your
heart. Sincerely Medina Stackpole
I had not really kept in touch
with Ken since his graduation. We shared majors, teachers, classes, and the
same love of selfless service for the nation. We snored through the same
lectures, played the same games on our Palm Pilots, argued over the same
issues in class, and sweated over the same projects. However, Ken graduated
a year ahead of me at MTSU, and when he left for the Army I was not able to
contact him and congratulate him on his commission. I regret that.
I'd known Ken for about two
years. I came back from West Point in the fall of 2000, somewhat bitter
about leaving. However, meeting Ken and his friends in ROTC convinced me
that I had another chance to get back into service. He convinced me to talk
to the cadre at MTSU, and through them I went to work trying to regain
something I lost. Though I ultimately lost my fight to stay in ROTC and
serve in the Army, Ken helped convince me that life did not require service
in the military to serve the community. For that, I will always be grateful
to him. More than anything, I wish he could have seen me pin on my
lieutenant's bar, but I guess some things happen for a reason. I can't
serve, but at least I was able to live a little through him and others like
As long as I live, part of me will wish I could have been Ken Ballard. He had
good friends, good family, a wonderful disposition, and a career that he loved
like no other. He epitomized Army values and leadership like few others I
know. Hopefully, I can learn from his lessons and teach them to future
generations like I know he would have. Rest in peace, buddy.
Mountain View, CA
Karen and Cathy and all your
dear ones--I am so sorry for your loss. Remember that you are loved and we
are all thinking of you.
San Jose, CA
I just wanted to send my
condolences. I cannot think of a single thing that could ease your pain,
except possibly to know that there are millions of Americans grateful for the
sacrifices of young people like Ken.
I had the honor of meeting Ken
while at MTSU. He was in my World Politics 4220 class in Spring of 2001 and
was a member both Model UN and Model Arab League of which I was also a
member. He was always telling us of his time in Bosnia and his love of the
Army. He showed us a tape of his deployment there for a project and
described in detail his time there. He was a very intelligent guy and always
had a joke to tell. He will be missed. My heart goes out to you and your
family. Godspeed Ken.
6/8/04, Palo Alto, CA
Dear Karen - I'm still
sitting here in shock this morning, as I'm sure you are as well. The tragic
news of Ken's passing brought back a flood of memories about the loss of my
Nephew Will last year and it was just devastating. Please know that my
thoughts and prayers are with you and your family Karen and if there is
anything, anything at all that I can do to help ease your pain, please let
me know. We WILL see our loved ones again...I know that for a
certainty. Love and God speed Mike
Dearest Karen & Family,
We just want to send you
our deepest sympathy for your loss, our
thoughts and prayers to
you and your family. We will forever be
grateful for the sacrifice
your son and others have made for us and our
country. We are very
proud of Ken and every soldier out there that is
fighting for our freedom!
May God Bless you,
Rachel & James Shogren
6/8/04, Los Alamos,
Dear Karen & Family
For a week now I have
searched my heart for just the
right words to express
my sadness and sympathies at
the loss of Ken, there
just are none.
Almost a year ago David
shared with me the news that
Ken had been sent to
Iraq. Through your Ken updates,
things David & Cathy
would share with me & from
letters Ken wrote to me,
I grew to care about him very
much, he was family.
Karen, you raised a fine
son; one you can be extremely
proud of. He will
always hold a very special place in
my heart, he's my hero!
God bless you,
I have followed Kenís
and your story on KGO for many months. When I learned of Kenís
death, I felt devastated and cannot even imagine what you are
experiencing. My heart goes out to you. You are in my thoughts and
prayers. You have such serenity and steadfastness.
I am the youngest
daughter of Jim and Marilyn Harshman. I know your parents well and
your sister Kathy...
I just cannot even
put into words how heavy my heart feels for you. My Mom told me
the funeral is tomorrow. I have been praying for you Karen. It's
times like this that our faith is so shaken. I pray that you find
the strength to understand that Ken's death, though tragic to his
joy to our Lord and
Savior. He is in the highest kingdom of all Karen. I wasn't called
to a place, I was called to Him. To obey was my objective, to
suffer was expected. His glory my reward, His glory my reward.
May the Lord be with
you and comfort you.
My name is Cindy
Sheehan. My son Army Spc. Casey Sheehan was killed in Sadr
City on 04/04/04.
My heart goes out to you. I know what you are going thru
because I am still
going thru it. I wish I could attend the Memorials, but I
have to work and I
have taken too much time off because of my son.
If you would ever
like to talk, or get together, I would love to. I can't tell you
that it is so
hard, and it won't really hit you until after the services (at
least that's how
it happened for my husband and I).
Our sons are in
heaven together and they have a special place there.
God bless you and
sympathies on the death of Lt. Ballard. I will remember him
and your family in my prayers.
with Pat Lampton at NASA. I am so sorry to hear of Ken's
loss and just want to tell the family that my prayers will
be with you today, tomorrow and the days ahead. I wish I
could tell Ken thanks for his sacrifice for us all.
Please get in touch with any comments about Ken's site.