Carl Thomas Baal


US Army Insignia

United States Army

SP5 Insignia

Specialist Fifth Class

1st Logistics Command Patch  United States Army-Vietnam Patch
147th Ordinance Company
79th Ordinance Battalion
506th Field Depot
1st Logistics Command
United States Army-Vietnam



Bronze Star  Purple Heart  Army Good Conduct Medal  American Campaign Medal
European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal  WWII Victory Medal  Army of Occupation Medal - Germany  Army of Occupation Medal - Japan  National  Defense Service Meda  Vietnam Service Medal

Republic Of Vietnam Campaign Medal


Fell November 9, 1965

Carl was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Baal and was one of seven children.  Born on the 28th of January, 1927, he grew up in the Fredericksburg area.  After enlisting in the Army in 1944 he was asigned to Italy.  He served other tours of duty in Japan, Korea and Germany before going to Vietnam.  As weapons specialist assigned to the 147th Ordnance Company, he entered Vietnam on the 7th of August, 1965.  He fell three months later on the 9th of November in an ambush of his vehicle 12 miles north of Saigon, and was buried at Fort Benning, Georgia.

Was awarded the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, the Good Conduct Medal, the American Campaign Medal, the European/African/Eastern Campaign Medal, the World War II Victory Medal, the Army of Occupation Medals for Germany and Japan, the National Defense Medal and the Vietnam Service Medal.  He also received the Vietnam Campaign Medal from the Republic of Vietnam.  Other medals shown here are accredited for his tours in Japan, Korea and Germany.

He was survived by his father, Peter; brothers, Anthony and Peter, Jr.; and sisters, Theresa, Katherine, Margaret and Clara.  He was also survived by his wife, Sonja, a native of Germany; and children, Lucie, Patricia, Linda, Carloine, Carl, Jr. and Steven.

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