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Military Service


Staff Sergeant
Robert Franklin Balsley , Jr.*
U. S. Army

May 16, 1945 - November 16, 1968

Roselawn Memorial Park
Van Vleck, Matagorda County, Texas

Gold Star Mother

Bertha Mae Keith Balsley

*Matagorda County War Memorial has his name as Robert J. Balsley.


School Days

Jane Long Junior High

While attending Jane Long Junior High School (1959-60), Bobby played football with the Jane Long Longhorns.

Bay City High School

Bay City High School as it appeared when Bobby was a student there.

Bay City High School Baseball Team
Blackcat Annual 1961

Back row: Coach Don Haley, Richard Morgan, Danny Rodgers, Mario Sanchez, Bobby Balsley, Larry Head, Dale Callihan, Marvin Kristynik, Charles Curtiss
Front row: Earl McWilliams, Rudy Mendiola, Dennis Gann, Leslie LeGrande, Ed McMillan, Billy Ham, Chop Reynea, Larry Holloway

Photo courtesy of Matagorda County Museum


Bobby Balsley


Blackcat Annual 1963

1st Team All District Football



Bay City Blackcat Baseball Team


Courtesy of
Matagorda County Museum


Blackcat Football Team 1963 - Bobby #49

Wharton County Junior College

At Wharton County Junior College (WCJC) he played tackle and linebacker for the Pioneers and was named to the All-Conference
football team and was also involved in baseball. He graduated from WCJC in 1965

Bobby Balsley # 70 - Wharton County Junior College 1963-64 - The Pioneer Log annual - Courtesy of Wharton County Junior College Library

Bobby Balsley # 60 - Wharton County Junior College 1964-65 - The Pioneer Log annual - Courtesy of Wharton County Junior College Library

University of Texas

Following his education at WCJC, Bobby then
attended the University of Texas at Austin.
His studies
were interrupted at the end of his first semester when
he was drafted into the U.S. Army.



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Feb. 5, 2006
Jan. 16, 2010