Jearl Ballow (80) was born in Cannelton, IN. He was a high school student when he enlisted in the service in 1949. During his period of service, he arrived at Kimpo AB and then Japan in March 1950. For his commitments, he received a Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal and an Army Commendation Medal (4OLC). After returning from his rotation, he went back to high school for 2 years and then re-enlisted in June 1955. He was stationed at Camp Carroll in Waegwan (1966-67) as a WD1 and at Camp Howze as a CW3 (1972-73). Upon his discharge, he worked in intelligence at the Illinois State Police (1980-98). His hobbies include writing, and he belongs to KWVA Chapter 27.