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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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Jeanne, I never processed what happened that night, but I've grieved for you... for Harvey... for your daughters... for almost 20 years now-- I just couldn't do it in public. So many faces, so many places, flash before me as I remember the many Soldiers I've lost. As a leader, I was often reminded that there are two Rules of War: Rule #1 is in war, young men and women die; and Rule #2 is that even the best leader can't change Rule #1. But we were in peace... you weren't supposed to die in peacetime, certainly not at the hands of Jacob Bowley. I miss you... and 20 years has done nothing to change that...

Chad Beasinger, LTC (Ret)
August 7, 2017

 

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