Over a year ago, the family of 1st Lt. Kenneth Ballard was informed that he was killed in the line of duty by enemy fire. However, the army has now
revisited the issue to inform the family that he was killed by accident when a weapon discharged. There are now questions on why the military
waited so long to inform the family.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. Army said Saturday it knew for more than a year that 1st Lt. Kenneth Ballard was not killed in action in Iraq, as it
The family was not told the truth until Friday.
Ballard's mother, Karen Meredith, of Mountain View, California, is a public critic of the war. She traveled last month to Crawford, Texas, to
participate in the protest outside President Bush's ranch by another grieving mother, peace activist Cindy Sheehan.
On Memorial Day in 2004, the day after Kenneth Ballard died, the Army informed his family that he had been killed by enemy fire while on a combat
mission in the south-central Iraqi city of Najaf.
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My sympathy goes out to the family as they will now have more questions than answers about the circumstances surrounding the death of their family
Why did the army take so long to inform the family if they knew within a couple weeks?
How many other mistakes have been made by the army in reporting deaths?
On the conspiracy side,
Does the timing of reporting the year old findings have anything to do with his mother's political activism?
How does a gun misfire by being hit by a tree branch?
Hopefully, in the future, the military will inform the famiily members of fallen soldiers more accurately and quicker.
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[edit on 9/13/05 by FredT]