Mountain View Post Office May Be Named After Fallen Army Officer

MOUNTAIN VIEW (CBS SF) — Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-Palo Alto) announced a bill Monday to rename a Mountain View post office after a fallen Mountain View native who was killed while serving in Iraq, the representative’s office said.

Lt. Kenneth Ballard, who graduated from Mountain View High School in 1995, was killed in Najaf, Iraq on May 30, 2004. He had been awarded the Purple Heart and three Bronze Stars, two with the “V” device for valor.

“Lieutenant Ballard demonstrated great courage and heroism throughout his military career,” Eshoo said in a release. “He made the ultimate sacrifice for his country, and he should be remembered and honored by out community.”

Ballard served nine years in the Army and was stationed in Germany, Bosnia, Macedonia, and Iraq. He was killed by accidental discharge of a M-240 weapon mounted on his vehicle, Eshoo’s office said.

If passed, the post office would be renamed the Lieutenant Kenneth M. Ballard Memorial Post Office.

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