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Donald Ballance

Vietnam War Oral Histories



Genre: Interview

Place Covered: Lake Charles, Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana, Vietnam

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2017-11-11

Duration: 00:07:44

Subjects: Vietnam War, 1961-1975 | United States. Navy | Military | Veterans


  • Ballance, Donald Interviewee


An oral history interview conducted on November 11, 2017, with Donald Ballance of Lake Charles, Louisiana. Ballance served in the United States Navy during the Vietnam War. He discusses: his role in loading ammunition on the flight deck; his Fighter Squadron, VF-96; his worst memory of the war; returning home on the USS Enterprise; the negative homecoming they received in San Francisco; feeling ashamed and forgotten; and the military service of his family.