Letter to the Editor

Donnie M. Ellis: Monett City Council should recognize Ballay

Saturday, May 22, 2021

Dear Editor:

An open letter to the Monett City Council,

Gentlemen, my purpose for this greeting is to request your consideration of recognizing one of Monett’s heroes.

James V. Ballay, a 1967 graduate from Monett High School, was killed in action in the spring of 1970 while on patrol in Cambodia. Jimmy, as he was known, was but a few days short of completing his tour of duty. Sadly, his return to Monett was with an honor guard who helped his family bury him.

Jimmy lived on N. 9th Street while he was in school. I propose a section of Highway H, 9th Street, be designated in memory of James V. (Jimmy) Bally. with Memorial Day fast-approaching, I deem this a fitting opportunity to honor one of our own, an honor long overdue.

Donnie M. Ellis


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