Sergeant First Class Jeanne M. Balcombe

Sergeant First Class Jeanne M. Balcombe

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

End of Watch Saturday, August 21, 1999

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Jeanne M. Balcombe

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.


  • Age 33
  • Tour 15 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Location Overseas
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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MP Sergeant Balcombe,

I came upon your memorial page this morning after making an entry into the memorial page of another law enforcement officer who died in the line of duty here stateside. On this 24th anniversary of your death in the line of duty, I read of your passing all those years ago, and that you left behind a husband and two daughters. I see you were a career soldier, serving our country and protecting us and the South Koreans as well. Thank you so much for your service and dedication to duty. Rest in peace. I will pray for your husband and daughters. Rest in peace.

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
Matthew 5:9

Daniel Ryan
Private Investigator (Retired)

August 21, 2023

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