It matters not the branch of service, time of service, or conflict experienced. They are brothers, regardless of generation. Labs for Liberty is honored to serve them all. Recently, Labs for Liberty was able to unite three military generations through the raffle of an M-1 Carbine.
Raffled as a fundraiser for Labs for Liberty, the M-1 was signed by Donald “Doc” Ballard. Doc Ballard started his military career as a Navy Corpsman assigned to Company M, 3rd Battalion, 4th Marines (Mike 3/4) of the 3rd Marine Division in the Quang Tri Province of Vietnam. On May 16, 1968, during a firefight with multiple casualties, Doc threw his body on an enemy grenade to protect his troops. When the grenade did not detonate, he threw it into the jungle at which time it exploded. Doc Ballard received the Congressional Medal of Honor for his heroism. Upon return from war, Doc left the navy/marines and completed college. He then joined the Army, where he rose to the rank of Colonel before retiring.
Carlos S. served 20 years in the Army Signal Corp, retiring as a 1st Sgt. In 1997. At the Sturgis Rally he chose to support Labs for Liberty by purchasing chances for the M-1. L4L was exceptionally pleased to have an Army veteran win the drawing for the M-1. Carlos, retired and living in the Pacific NW, remains an ardent supporter of our veterans and military.
Captain Clint Nold, US Army former active duty, now Army Reserves, is a member of the L4L family. A veteran of OIF/OEF, Clint had the privilege of presenting the Doc Ballard signed M-1 to Carlos S.
We wish to express our sincere appreciation to all generations of veterans and current military members. Thank you for allowing us to serve the brotherhood/sisterhood.