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SGT William David Ball, Jr.
Fri Sep 15, 2017 13:07

SGT William David Ball, Jr., U.S. Marine Corps, B Company, 1st Battalion, 2nd Marines, was reported “Wounded in Action” by gunshot wounds to his arm and shoulder on 20 November 1943 during the Battle of Tarawa. SGT Ball was subsequently lost and presumed killed while being transported off the island for treatment. While at JPAC in 2011/2012, Chief Rick Stone prepared reports which listed SGT Ball as a Most Likely Match to multiple “Unknowns” buried in the Punchbowl. The Foundation later refined the Tarawa investigations completed by Chief Stone at the Department of Defense after acquiring information and technologies not available at JPAC. The Foundation, using the RISC System, listed SGT Ball as a “Most Likely Match” to only four unknowns buried in the Punchbowl. DPAA finally acted on Chief Stone’s original recommendations and began exhumation of the Tarawa “Unknowns” from the Punchbowl in October 2016. SGT Ball was recovered from the Punchbowl and his identification was officially announced on 13 September 2017.

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