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Conflict Period:
Korean War 1
Branch:
Navy 2
Rank:
Petty Officer Second Class 3
Rank:
Aviation Machinist's Mate, Second Class, U.S. Navy 1
Birth:
29 May 1943 4
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Person:
Louis F Balderman 1
Birth Date: Unknown 1
Birth:
29 May 1943 3
Death:
Death: Died April 15, 1969 in Korea 1
Death Date: 15 Apr 1969 1
Status: Killed in Action 1
Residence:
State: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1
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Korean War 1

Branch:
Navy 2
Rank:
Petty Officer Second Class 2
Rank:
Aviation Machinist's Mate, Second Class, U.S. Navy 1
Service Number:
5445859 1
Service Fact:
Perished on April 15, 1969, while serving as a crewman aboard a Navy EC-121 surveillance mission over the Sea of Japan in support of the Korean truce, his aircraft was shot down. All 31 crewmen were reported missing. He was presumed dead on May 2, 1969. 2

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Aviation Machinist's Mate Second Class Balderman was a member of the crew of an EC-121 surveillance aircraft, serving with the U.S. Navy. On April 15, 1969, while on a surveillance mission over the Sea of Japan in support of the Korean truce, his aircraft was shot down. All 31 crewmen were reported missing. He was presumed dead on May 2, 1969. Aviation Machinist's Mate Second Class Balderman was awarded the Purple Heart and the National Defense Service Medal.

Louis F Balderman was our Uncle He was born in May 29 1943 I was 5 years old I remember seeing lots of pictures and hearing his name. Recently I been going through his letters that he sent to our Parents and in a letter dated friday January 3 1969  he stated were not playing with firecrackers over here I am afraid and I am not scared to admit it  he went on saying he lived his life and was Happy but felt something big was going to happen .He was hoping he was just imagining the feeling he got   Uncle Louis was going to turn 26 May 29 1969 . Of all the people I have found everyone has spoken of him fondly always having a smile on his face and  being Happy with his life  I felt as I got to know him through his letters My Sister was his favorite Niece in every letter home he was always asking about her and making sure she knew he recieved her letters he planned on coming home the summer of 69  But God had other plans that tragic day .

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