Natale Joseph Ballato, Jr. • October 17, 2019



Lieutenant Colonel Natale Joseph Ballato, Jr. passed quietly in his sleep at his home surrounded by loved ones. Colonel Ballato is a decorated Marine Corps Aviator and Vietnam Veteran.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Nat, Sr. and Minnie Ballato.
He is survived by his brother, Robert; his son, Joey; granddaughter, Skylyr; two great-grandsons, Mason and Cooper; niece, Mariella; nephews, Avery and Elliot.
He will be greatly missed by all. Semper Fi….OOORAH!
A Service of Remembrance will be held at Pensacola Memorial Gardens Funeral Home on Monday, October 28, 2019 at 11AM with Inurnment to follow at Barrancas National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Heroes Among Us Fund, 6825 Oak St. Milton, FL 32570.

  1. Larry & Outlaw says:

    Nat had a reputation as a great Marine and outstanding Marine Aviator, and he will be remembered for his positive attitude and dedication. My deepest sympathy to the Ballato Family. All best and Semper Fidelis.

  2. Debbie Collette says:

    😢He was a beautiful soul who served his God and was a faithful servant. He was fun loving and always had a positive attitude even when ill. I will always miss him and he will always be apart of his church family. Love you Nat, RIP. Debbie 🙏❤️

  3. Roberto Rivera says:

    A Marines,Marine, thanks for the friendship.Another Marine reporting, Sir. You will be missed. RIP, MasterGunnerySgt. Rivera, and Sally, the real NCIS.

  4. Charlie Dos Santos says:

    A very big loss to everyone who knew Nat!
    Delta Gamma Omega, the fraternity that Nat founded in 1964 at the University of Dayton,
    Ohio will always remember Nat…the guy who brought us together and have stayed together
    for over 50 years.

  5. Danny DiMartino says:

    Nat was one of the truly special people who cross your path while going through life. We were Fraternity Brothers at the University of Dayton. Nat graduated and was gone in a blink of a eye and pursued his great military career. It was not until the memorial mass of another Brother who perished during the attack of 9/11 that we all reunited. It was their that the Brothers of Delta Gamma Omega decided to start a scholarship fund and get together annually to raise funds and to renew our brotherhood. Nat was a active part of each reunion. He was also a founding father of the Frat and its first president. RIP Nat, it was a privilege and honor to call you Brother.

  6. Mark Granelli says:

    Nat was an unforgettable guy. A leader for sure, he also possessed such a positive attitude and wonderful sense of humor, that during most times you were around him you found yourself smiling. A good man with a good heart. I feel fortunate to have known him and be able to call him brother.

  7. Paul Dos Santos says:

    My sincere condolences to the Ballato family. Nat was a special guy that always made everyone in his presence feel at home . His smile was contagious. He made me feel like a real “ Brother “ of the fraternity even though I didn’t attend the University of Dayton. (I’m Charlie Dos Santos’ Brother) . He wanted to leave a mark on Brother Joe Z who perished on 9/11 at the Trade Center. He lives on with all who knew him & many who didn’t with his service to our country. Once a Marine, ALWAYS a Marine. Rest In Peace Brother Nat

  8. Our sincere condolences from VFW 1265 Post Pawcatuck, CT…Life member in his hometown.
    Mission accomplished—RIP

  9. Dave Erskine says:

    Nate, Was a Stonington High School graduate where he was a member of the football and baseball teams. The 1960 team won the CIAC state merit award for the best record in class B section in the state. Nat played halfback. May god bless you Nat

  10. Ann Mudge says:

    Sad to hear of Nat’s death. So proud of him & what he did during his life! A story you that will interested you! Nat & I graduated from Stonington high in 1961. Never saw til 50th class reunion. Found out then, my nephew, navy pilot, had graduated from Officer’s Candidate school at NAS, Pensacola. I went to the graduation, not knowing Nat was there, drove from Jupiter, Fl., where as was living then. I told Nat, while teaching 2nd grade at St. Pius Westerly, I had my 2nd grade students write letters to Viet Nam veterans. A priest gave them out & offered a special mass for the class in Viet Nam. A few years later, found my cousin, a marine, was the gunner on helicopters Nat flew in the war.My cousin found out at reunions they had & sent me pictures off them. What coincidences, my nephew & cousin! I am very patriotic! Over a week ago, found out a lady with her daughter, looking at my Halloween decorations in Pawcatuck,Ct., from Westerly R.I., is Nat’s great niece. She was going to say hello to Nat from me. He died on my great niece’s Birthday, the daughter of my nephew, navy pilot who graduated NAS. My thoughts will be of Nat, family &
    friends,10/28. Will not forget him!🚁❤️🥰

  11. P J Kane, Jr. says:

    Had the pleasure and honor to serve with Nat w/ Helo Sqdn in New Orleans. He was a spark plug and always on top of all assignments. We Marines, Ballato family and all that knew Nat in the Pensacola area are deeply saddened by his passing. May God Bless his soul and have mercy.
    P J Kane,Jr, CWO4, USMC(Ret)

  12. PJ Kane Jr says:

    Had the honor and privilege to serve with Nat in the USMC Helo sqdn. Belle Chasse, La..He was a superior pilot and Marine. My sincere and deepest condolence to the entire Ballato family for your loss of a fantastic human being. May God Bless and have mercy on his soul.
    P J Kane Jr.,CWO4, USMC(Ret)

  13. Bob D'Amico says:

    All who knew Nat loved him. He was a great guy. As a founding brother of DGO, all the brothers who followed, were and are grateful to him and the other founding brothers for starting a wonderful fraternity at UD. May God rest his soul.

  14. Nancy Beverly says:

    I came to know Nat when we served together in the kitchen at my church. We had both also been law enforcement officers, serving our communities. And, of course, Nat served our nation. He often hosted young Marines in his home, providing not only dinner, but also offering the wisdom, kindness, and support that made a positive difference in their lives. He stayed connected to his longtime buddies, sharing his time locally and across the nation. He was positive, upbeat, and kind, but able to effectively complete whatever duty he tackled. Nat was a warrior with a servant’s heart and left this world a better place by his presence. I will miss my friend, but love lives beyond death and Nat will forever be beside those who were blessed to have this good man in their lives.

  15. Art O’Reilly says:

    Rest In Peace, my Brother. Keep your turns up and I will see you on the other side.
    Semper Fi

  16. Ann Mudge says:

    Thinking of Nat & family today . Wish I was in Fl. now, so I could attend your funeral. Glad you are being buried at a time when Viet Nam veterans are being honored & accepted. We talked about it at our 50th class reunion. I told you I took a college course about the the history of Viet Nam War & wrote to relatives & friends, one being my cousin Keith, who was a gunner on a helicopter you flew in Viet Nam, I found out later. If I’d known I would have written to you also. Remember your fun loving personality! Went to all the Stonington high football games & watched you play. Many memories! A football game is played between Stonington Ct & Westerly R.I.,one of the oldest rivals in the country before the Veterans Day parade, one of the oldest parades also, that I’ve attended since a child.You will be in my heart, while at the parade this year. If I get to NAS in Pensacola again,I will go to your burial place. You did so many positive things for this country & people. We need more people in the world like you. So happy I went to school with someone like you.🥰🏉 I’m sending a donation to Heroes Among Us Fund.

  17. Tony Gulli says:

    I was part of the first pledge class of Delta Gamma Omega in 1964 and Nat was my Big Brother. His pride, sense of humor, and character were qualities that brought us together. He was the reason that enrolled in advanced ROTC and developed in me a strong sense to serve. After I graduated and served in combat with the 101st Airborne Division; call it, in todays terms PTSD or whatever I lost touch with my past, Nat and UD. Rest in PEACE my BROTHER!!!!!!!!!!!

  18. Tony Gulli says:

    RIP Nat you made a huge impact on my life.

  19. John H. Upthegrove says:

    A great section leader,wingman,marine and friend. He could fly aa gunship like it was part of his body. I want the world to know that because of what Nat did in Vietnam there are Solders and Marines walking the face of the earth today. RIP Nat…I’ll join you one of these days………..

  20. Lee Vandaveer says:

    NNat: You know I loved you as A MARINE.. so many things we did althe way from Quantico including trading Helio’s to fly the Generals around… then there was Hill 10 a so pleasant place my wife and I will MISS YOU SO Much ……………. lee

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