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Sergeant First Class Jeanne M. Balcombe | United States Army Military Police Corps, U.S. Government United States Army Military Police Corps, U.S. Government

Sergeant First Class

Jeanne M. Balcombe

United States Army Military Police Corps, U.S. Government

End of Watch: Saturday, August 21, 1999

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 33

Tour: 15 years

Badge # Not available

Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire

Location: Overseas

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Sergeant Jeanne Balcombe was shot and killed at Camp Red Cloud, South Korea, by one of her own soldiers. The suspect, who was drunk at the time, was upset that Sergeant Balcombe had ordered a blood test on one of the suspect's friends. He then overpowered a South Korean soldier stationed at the base and took his sidearm. He shot Sergeant Balcombe three times, including once in the head, before fleeing the base. He was captured later in the day by Korean National Police officers with the murder weapon still in his possession.

The suspect was convicted of capital murder by General Court Martial and sentenced to life in prison.

Sergeant Balcombe was a member of the 55th Military Police Company. She is survived by her husband and two daughters.

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I, along with my squad, responded to CP Red Cloud that day and aided in the search for the suspect. I was shocked to see that it was SFC Balcombe that had been murdered, even more shocked to learn that it was by one of her own. I was told that she stood between him and another soldier, who was the intended victim. I was honored to stand watch over her before Graves Registration took possession.

SFC (RET) Joseph Allgood
Formerly: 4th PLT, 2D Military Police Company
March 27, 2016


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