Balcom, Joel Arnold, HM3

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Last Rank
Petty Officer Third Class
Last Primary NEC
HM-8404-Medical Field Service Technician/FMF Combat Corpsman
Last Rating/NEC Group
Hospital Corpsman
Primary Unit
1968-1969, HM-8404, 1st Tank Bn
Service Years
1966 - 1969
HM-Hospital Corpsman

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Independence. MO
Last Address
Independence, MO

Casualty Date
Nov 03, 1969
Hostile, Died
Vehicle Loss, Crash
Quang Nam (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Lane Memorial Gardens - Eugene, Oregon
Wall/Plot Coordinates
16W 022

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Vietnam Veterans Memorial
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Not Specified

Last Updated:
Mar 18, 2012


On November 3, 1969 Corpsman HM3 Joel Arnold Balcom gallantly gave his life in the service of our country while participating in a Medical Evacuation mission near Hill 10 in Quang Nam Province, Republic Of Vietnam. Joel was a Corpsman attached to and in support of First Tank Battalion, First Marine Division at the time of his death.
Here is an account of the incident that took the life of Corpsman HM3 Joel A. Balcom as well as some personal reflections as related by David H. Gard, at the time Joel's close friend and fellow Corpsman:

"Joel had less than two weeks left in country and was not required to take the Jeep ambulance out to recover wounded. When the call came for medical assistance, he jumped in the Jeep and went out the road from 1st Tanks toward Hill 10. After approximately an eight minute transit time, he arrived and loaded up three Marines (not from 1st Tanks) and headed toward the 1st Tanks BAS. His ambulance hit a land mine; he was the only one killed. The road had not been swept for mines as it was not yet Sun-Up.
Joel was selfless and a hard worker. He worked hard and played hard.

Although he was of the Mormon faith, he did, occasionally, drink beer and whiskey, though he wasn't given to getting tipsy. Our first job together was as part of a sailing crew in Boot Camp. I had sailed (as I do now) since I was seven years old and lead our Boot Camp boat team to the banner for sailing.

Joel had a profound effect on all that met him."

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