Monday, December 8, 2008

Blackwater Man Joined Marines After 9/11 to 'Honor' his Father

Donald Ball, one of the former Marines being charged with crimes allegedly committed while protecting an American diplomat in Baghdad under contract with Blackwater, joined the military after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

"A decorated Marine, Donald Ball had completed three tours of duty in Iraq when he decided to return as a guard. He originally joined the U.S. Marines after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, [brother] Troy Ball said, to honor their father after his 1999 death of a heart attack," the Salt Lake Tribune reports.

"'It was his way of making a difference in the world,' Troy Ball said, calling his brother a hard worker and Eagle Scout who had a great love for his country.

"After three tours of duty, Ball returned to Iraq as a Blackwater guard.

"'He was doing what he felt was right,' he said."

Ball is pictured above. Friends are turning out to show their support for him and his colleagues as they face arraignment.


Anonymous said...

There's no way this man can be guilty of what they have said he is guilty of. A decorated veteran is not just going to go haywire and gun down innocent civilians. God bless this man and his family.

Anonymous said...

Bless this man, who deserves far more than this desicration of who he is. shame on anyone who thinks less... He will prevail and be proven innocent