Lt Ken Ballard, my hero!

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12/27/03, Antelope, CA
The Parhams
 
We're all waiting for you to come home safely, Beezer!  Love and as happy a new year as you can have over there.

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1/1/04, Parker, CO

 Uncle David

 
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

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1/3/04, Dublin, CA

Aunt Ruth
 
Hi Ken

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.

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3/13/04, Cranston, RI

Michaela Thornton
 
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.

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4/14/04, Concord, CA

 Paul  Andersen

 

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 9/11.  

 

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 !


Paul ~

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4/14/04, Washougal, Washington
Allan D. Jacobs

Keep up the good work! Kick Butt and while your at it, level the town of Fallujah!!
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4/14/04, Cali
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*
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4/14/04, San Jose, CA
Barbara Simmons
 
Hi Ken,
 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.
 Barbara Simmons
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4/15/04, Orinda, CA
 Connie Yu
 
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 soon.
Connie
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4/15/04, Colorado
Cathy Ballard
 
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
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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
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4/15/04, Calif
Greta Justus
 
Our family is keeping you all in our thoughts and Prayers and hope you come home soon.God Bless, The Justus family
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5/10/04, Nashville, TN
Natalie Hall
 
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! Nat
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5/12/04, Chattanooga, TN
Emily Cafeo
 
Hey,
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!
Love,

Emily

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5/12/04, Chattanooga, TN
Patsy & Gary Cafego
 
Hey Ken,
   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 be safe!
Hope to see you soon!

The Cafegos

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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
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5/22/04, Gardnerville, NV
Russell Meredith
 
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
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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 outfits.
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,

CP

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5/31/04, Mountain View
Matt Neely
 
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. Neely
 
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5/31/04, Bay Area, CA
Dustin Baker
 
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
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6/1/04, San Francisco, CA
Kim
 
Words can't say how sorry I am for your loss.  Please know our hearts are with yours.
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6/1/04, Newark, CA
Thomas Bray
 
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.

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6/1/04, Cape Cod
Ellen
 
I'm so sorry. :(
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6/1/04, Henderson, NV
Wendee Johnson
 
My thoughts, prayers & love are with you and your family.  xoxox
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6/1/04, Los Gatos, CA
Joyce Kettren
 
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.
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6/1/04, Fremont, CA
Tiffany
 
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 americans!
The Ross Family

Fremont, Ca

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6/1/04, Utah
Tonya Tesch
 
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.
Your Friend,

Tonya

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6/1/04, Mr Kim Boyce
Mountain View, CA
 
Dear Karen,
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

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6/1/04, CA
Jeymmy Castro
 
 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 country. 
Thank you for sharing his photos.  Pleae know that your family is in our thoughts and prayers.  God bless you.

 J. Castro

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6/1/04, San Jose, CA
Ann Garcia
 
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.

Ann

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6/1/04, California
Phyllis Knowlton
 
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.
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6/1/04,  San Jose
David Barrigan
 
thoughts and prayers go out to your family. i am very sorry for your loss.
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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.
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6/1/04,  Fremont, CA
Andrea Harvey
 
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
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6/1/04, Mountain View, CA
Lydia Morena
 
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.
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6/1/04, Union City, CA
Christina Sierra
 
 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 Nicholas Sierra
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6/1/04, Mountain VIew, CA
Helen Moreno
 
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. 
 
Deepest Sympathy

Helen Moreno

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6/1/04,  Mountain View, CA
Shannon Calby
 
Dear Karen,
 
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.
Sincerely,

Shannon Calby

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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 once again.
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6/1/04,  Pittsburg, CA
Edgar Ramirez
 
my deepest sympathy and prayers to the Ballard family
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6/1/04, Milpitas, CA
Tom
 
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.!
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6/1/04, Riverside, CA
Ryan Lester-Wilson
 
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 world!Ryan
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6/1/04, Mountain View, CA
Kristen Drolshagen
 
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 you.
 
Sincerely,
Kristen Drolshagen
English Teacher

MVHS

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6/1/04,  Germany
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.
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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.
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6/1/04,  Nevada
Linda Arellano
 
 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.
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6/1/04, CA
CHMIELEWSKI FAMILY
 
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 families. 
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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
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6/1/04, Mountain View,  CA
Pat Reardon
 
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...........
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6/1/04,  San Jose, CA
Ross Wright
 
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

USMC

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6/1/04, Cleveland, TN
CPT Stacey Corn
 
Ken,
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.


EAGLE 6

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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. 
Sincerely,

Jean and Sven Eklof

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6/1/04,  Palo Alto
Rachel Berger
 
My heart and prayers go out to you... I wish you good friends and strength as you face the days ahead.
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6/1/04, CA
Jill Osborne
 
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!!!

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6/1/04, Santa Clara, CA
Will Brooks
 
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 hero.
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6/1/04, Concord, CA
Suzi Peek
 
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.
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6/2/04, Kauai, HI
Erika Eklof
 
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.
Love Always,

Erika

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6/2/04, OakRidge, NJ
James Hart
 
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
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6/2/04, Whittier, CA
Mario, Montano
 
Lt. Ken Ballard and Family
 
Dear Meridith
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 great.
Your son was a courageous American and will always be in my thoughts and prayers.
Sincerely

Mario Montano & Family

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6/2/04, Florida
Philip
 
I will pray for your family. And know that he is smiling down upon you today. God Bless
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6/2/04, Tiburon, CA
Larry McCullough
 
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
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6/2/04, West Plains, MO
Paige Mossman
 
Dear Meredith,
 
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 lived.
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 you.
Paige Mossman and family

(A friend of Kateri's)

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6/2/04, New York City
Stephanye Dussud
 
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.
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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 pain. 


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6/2/04, Santa Clara, CA
Linda Casaje
 
Dearest Karen,
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.
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6/2/04, California
Trevor Floth
 
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...
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6/2/04, Mountain View, CA
The Hammell Family
 
Dearest Karen,
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 you.
Love,

John, Kelly, Kyle, Bryce & Ryan Hammell

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6/2/04
Ken Hansen
 
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)
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6/2/04, San Francisco
Grace Mauberret
 
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.
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6/2/04, San Jose, CA
Carolina
 
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,

 Carolina

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6/2/04, China Lake, CA
D.B.C.
 
Pillow Boy,
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

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6/2/04, Maryville, TN
Donna Ridgel
 
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.     
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6/2/04, Kirk, Co
K.C. Holtman
 
Karen,
May his memory bring you many happy moments!  Thank you for your sacrifice.  My prayers are with you.

KC

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6/2/04, Jackson, TN
Cass Coleman
 
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.
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6/2/04, Lancaster, NY
Angie Zaklikawski
 
We are praying for you.  May God keep you in his care.
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6/2/04, Los Angeles, CA
Marty Rauch
 
Ken and his unit, are  heroes to all of us.
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6/2/04, Castro Valley, CA
Rick Kalisch
 
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.
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6/2/04, Kentucky
Buel Alexander
 
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.
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6/2/04, Portola CA
Janice
 
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

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6/2/04, Martinez, CA
Jane Elliot
 
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 grief.
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6/2/04, Bremerton, WA
Mike Feldbush
 
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.
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6/2/04, CA
Mandy
 
~RIP~ from a friend of a friend. (matt medlock) Its a horrible tragedy and they need to bring our men home.
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6/2/04, Tricia Miller & Richard Haley
Fremont, CA
 
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.
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6/2/04, Spanaway, WA
Emma White
 
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 White
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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....
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6/2/04, Concord, CA
Anna Crowel
 
 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. 
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6/2/04, Pleasanton, CA
Jeremy Mauer
 
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.
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6/2/04, Iowa
Teresa
 
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.
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6/2/04, Little Silver, NJ
Linda Rhyne
 
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
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6/2/04, CA
Faith Mason
 
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.
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6/2/04, Atascadero, CA
Bill Mitchell
 
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.
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6/2/04, Mountain View, CA
Joe F
 
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 their orders.'
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6/2/04,  East Bay area, CA
Claire
 
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.
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6/2/04, Pendleton, IN
Sallie Mayer
 
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.  
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6/2/04, Petersburg, VA
Samantha
 
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 country.
Love, Samantha and family
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6/2/04, Miami, FL
Haydee Arista
 
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.
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6/2/04, Pacifica, CA
Lorie Bowie
 
Dear Karen
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.


Lori Bowie

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6/2/04, Mountain View, CA
Connie Trowbridge
 
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.
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6/2/04, California
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
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6/2/04, SFO, CA
SGT Lo
 
My heart is hurting.....
you have a fine son...


SGT Lo, 223MI

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6/2/04, San Francisco, CA
Debra England
 
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.
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6/2/04, Sunnyvale, CA
Erik Ehlers
 
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.
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6/2/04, Arizona
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.

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6/2/04, Ft Rucker, AL

Patrick Taylor

 

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. Pat

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6/2/04, Ft Lewis, Wash

Casey

 

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!!

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6/2/04, Lockport, IL

Steve Jackowski

 

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.

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6/3/04, Cypress, CA

Sabrina Moreau

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.

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6/3/04, Killeen, TX

Robert King

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.

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6/3/04, Levittown, NY 

Laura Krstacic

 

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.

Sincerely,

The Krstacic Family

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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 miss him.

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6/3/04, Nashville, TN
Elizabeth Thielke
 
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.
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6/3/04, Denver, Colorado
Cathy Ballard
 
Karen,
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. 

Love Cathy

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6/3/04, Davis, CA

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...

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6/3/04, Florida

Beverly Sarra

 

 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.

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6/4/04, Mountain View, CA

Noelle Roux

 

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.

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6/4/04, Santa Clara, CA

Rosanne Bey-McCurdy

 

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.

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6/4/04,  Santa Clara

The Winland's

 

I am so sorry for your loss. I know how proud the family was of Ken. Cathy talked about him all the time.

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6/4/04, Nashville, TN

Natalie Hall

 

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!

Love Always,

Natalie

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6/4/04, Los Altos

Veronica von rosczs

 

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

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6/4/04, Newark, CA

Donna Patey

 

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 prayers.

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6/4/04, Murfreesboro, TN

Stephanie Edsall

 

 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.

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6/4/04, Antioch, TN

Matthew Baker

 

 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.

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6/4/04, Sunnyvale, CA

Alice Potolsky

 
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.
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6/4/04, Ben Lomond
Michael Fitzgerald
 
I am so very sorry.  May you find some solace in the thoughts/prayers of all of us, extended to you and your family.
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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 you.
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6/4/04, San Jose, CA
Sian Meriott
 
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.
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6/4/04, Fremont, CA
Patie Tarleton
 
 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
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6/4/04, Union City, CA
Anne Pausilius
 
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.
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6/4/04, San Jose
Liz
 
Wishing you peace and comfort now
and in the days ahead.

 p.s. my hero too.

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6/4/04,  Capitola, CA
John Deex
 
Dearest Cathy,

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,

 

my salute ,

John Deex

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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

 

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6/4/04, Sunnyvale, CA

Elaina Flores

 

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

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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.

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6/4/04, Murfreesboro, TN

Wendy Nadeau

 

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 constant prayers.

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6/4/04, Burke, VA

Jen Karr

 

Words can never express my deepest condolences.  My thoughts and prayers are with you always.

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6/4/04,  Miami, FL

Haydee Arista

 

Dear Karen:

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 to you

May the Lord console you

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6/4/04, Columbus, OH

Jon & Erin Riback

 

I'm so sorry to hear of your loss.

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6/4/04, California

Bonnie Ball

 

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.

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6/4/04, Dickson, TN

Jamie James

 

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.

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6/4/04, Mountain View, CA

DV

 

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.

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6/4/04, Mountain View, CA

Barbara

 

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.

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6/4/04, Sunnyvale, CA

David Romero

 

Karen,

 My condolences & deepest sympathies goes out to you. I'm so sorry for you loss. God Bless.

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6/4/04,  Richmond, VA

Sigma Phi Epsilon (Sean Leahey)

 

To the family of Ken.

 

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


 

Sincerely,

Sean Leahey, IT Director

Sigma Phi Epsilon Headquarters

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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.

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6/4/04, Mountain View, CA

Rachel Wood

 

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 missed.

Rachel

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6/5/04, Mountain View, CA

Vivian Low

 

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.

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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.

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6/5/04, Nashville, TN

Betty White

 

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.

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6/5/04, Murfreesboro, TN

Adrian Edsall

 

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.


Adrian

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6/5/04, Logan, UT

Angela Downing

 

My deepest condolences on such a tragic loss. I'm so sorry you had to lose Ken. Keeping your family in my prayers!

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6/5/04, Florida

Laura Anderson

 

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.

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6/5/04, Fremont, CA

Patti Hughes

 

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.

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6/5/04, Boulder Creek, CA

Linda Golling

 

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.


Linda

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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 Ballard Family.

 

Scott Phillips Jr.

Sigma Phi Epsilon

President ~ Ohio Gamma

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6/5/04, Mountain View, CA

Don MacAskill

 

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.

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6/5/04, Santa Cruz, CA

Gail Lewis

 

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.

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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.

Melissa

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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 ground sir.

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6/5/04, Escanaba, MI

Barbara Nelson

 

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.

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6/5/04, Murfreesboro, TN

Stephanie McMahon

 

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.

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6/5/04, Indianapolis, IN

Doug Surfleet

 

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.

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6/5/04, Mountain View, CA

Jim Uren

 

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.

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6/5/04, Waipahu, HI

Lois

 

My condolences to the family.


Thanks for your bravery in serving our country.

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6/6/04, Florida Iota

William Wagner

 

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

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6/6/04, Colorado

Chris Gassman

 

My best wishes go out to all of you in this time.  My regards to the Family, Friends, and Brothers of his Chapter.

 

Sincerely,

-Chris

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6/6/04, California

Marg Alexander

 

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.

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6/6/04, Mountain View, CA

Marianne Knezevic

 

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.

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6/6/04, Sunnyvale, CA

Agnes Roey

 

To Cathy and family,

     My deepest sympathy....I've included Ken and your family in my prayers. God Bless all your family.

Love,

Agnes

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6/6/04, Mountain View, CA

Owen McCumber

 

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.

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6/6/04, Mountain View, CA

Marsha Watkins

 

All my thoughts and prayers to all family members. I am proud of all our troops in the combat zone. God Bless All.

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6/6/04, Colorado

2LT Taylor Wetzbarger

 

Rest in peace brother.

 

HFF, always.

 

2LT Taylor Wetzbarger

Field Artillery, US Army

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6/6/04, San Jose, CA

Barbara S.

 

Hi Karen,

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.

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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.

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6/6/04, San Jose, CA

Sherry Gilbertson

 

Hi Ken's mom!

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.

Sherry Gilbertson

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6/6/04

 

It is because Heroes like LT Ken Ballard that we enjoy freedom everyday,  always stay proud "THANK YOU  LT KEN BALLARD"

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6/6/04

 

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 trying time.
 
Jim and Marilyn Harshman

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6/6/04

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.

Stephanie Ziegler-Sharib

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6/6/04

Lt Ballard,
     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 place.
     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.

Bob Tetreault

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6/7/04, Washington D.C.

Kenyon Edward McAfee

 

To the entire family,

 

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 with you.

 

"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.

 

Bless God, Bless you

Love God, Love you

Thank God, Thank you

your brother in Christ

and eternal friend in the Lord

Kenyon

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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.

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6/7/04, Fremont, CA

Jayshree Radia

 

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.


Jayshree

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6/7/04, California

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 go forward.

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6/7/04, San Jose, CA

Hea Jin

 

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!

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6/7/04, Parker, CO

Fred Beisser, Major USAF (Retired)

 

My deepest sympathies go out to all of Ken's family.

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6/7/04, Murfreesboro, TN

J.J. Powell

 

I was in ROTC with Ballard.  He was a great guy and fun to be around.  I'm sorry for your loss.

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6/7/04, Tennessee

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 forgotten.


GOD's speed to your family

 

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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.

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6/7/04, Mountain View, CA

James Irving

 

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.

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6/7/04, Murfreesboro, TN

Adrian Edsall

 

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.


Adrian Edsall

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6/7/04, Mountain View, CA

Desirae Burnham

 

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.

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6/7/04, Murfreesboro, TN

Mike Jones

 

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

MTSU Grad

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6/7/04, Waynesboro, TN

Lisa Parks

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 world.

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6/7/04, Sunnyvale, CA

Jody Charles

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

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6/7/04, Nashville, TN

Judith Hall

 

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 sympathy,

Judy Hall

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6/7/04, Murfreesboro, TN

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.

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6/7/04, Murfreesboro, TN

John Lodl

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

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6/7/04

I have been following this story on KGO. I'm deeply

sorry for you and your family. God Bless, Cynthia Rose

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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.

Bob Cubillas

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6/7/04, Lincolnton, NC

Adrienne Forzano (Ballard)

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.

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6/7/04, Redwood City, CA

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

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6/7/04

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.
 
warm regards
 
aloka naskar

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6/7/04

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,
Cindy Carr
mother of Cpl. Cade Carr 2-37 1st Armored Division

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6/7/04, Fairfield, CA

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

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6/7/04

Dear Karen-I 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

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6/8/04, London, England

Sara Rainwater

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.

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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

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6/8/04, Murfreesboro, TN

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

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6/8/04, Sydney, Australia

Dione Schoeman

 

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.
John 14:27.
Blessings, love and Jesus' strength,

Dione in Australia, friend of Kateri

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6/8/04, San Jose, CA

Paula Hendry

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

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6/8/04, Shelbyville, TN

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 

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6/8/04, TN

Ned Canada

 

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 him.


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.

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6/8/04, Mountain View, CA

Brenda Pyka

 

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.

BP

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6/8/04, San Jose, CA

Wendy Duggan

 

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. 

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6/8/04

 

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.
Andrew Smith

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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

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6/8/04

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

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6/8/04, Los Alamos, NM

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,
Jodie

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6/8/04

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.

Sincerely,

Diane Sibley

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6/8/04, Bakersfield, CA

Dear Karen,
 
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 family,  gives
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.
Karen Galyan

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6/8/04, Vacaville, CA

Dear Karen
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 much, except
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 your family,
Cindy Sheehan

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6/8/04

My deepest sympathies on the death of Lt. Ballard. I will remember him and your family in my prayers.
Fr. Joe Connolly, TOR

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6/8/04

Karen,

I work 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.

D Ricks

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