Aviation Machinist’s Mate First Class Ballard Franklin Connors was born on December 21, 1942 in Floyd County Kentucky.

At the age of 27 Petty Officer Connors was killed along with 30 other crewmen when the EC-121 they were flying in was shot down by North Korea.  He was presumed dead on May 2, 1969.  Petty Officer Connors was awarded the Purple Heart, the National Defense Service Medal and the Korean Defense Service Medal.  He is buried at Miami Cemetery in Corwin Ohio.

Today, Ballard Conners and his family would have celebrated his 75th birthday.

May we never forget!