- Associated Press - Sunday, March 27, 2016

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - A soldier from McMinnville who was killed while serving in South Korea will be honored in the National Army Museum.

The Oregonian reports (https://bit.ly/1UVhUAL ) that after the museum opens Sergeant First Class Jeanne Balcombe will be one of the first of 41 soldiers whose stories will be told on steel pylons in a gallery at the Fort Belvoir, Va. museum, which has yet to be built.

Balcombe was shot by a fellow solider while she was working as a military police officer in South Korea in 1999. She had arrested a man for drinking off-base without permission when a third man attempted to shoot him before he could reveal who supplied the alcohol. Balcombe stepped between her prisoner and the gun.

She was posthumously awarded the Soldier’s Medal for heroism in the face of danger.


Information from: The Oregonian, https://www.oregonlive.com

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