In 1965, Ballow attended training to become an Army Criminal Investigator, and was subsequently commissioned as a Warrant Officer. In 1969, during the height of the Vietnam War, Ballow was transferred to Okinawa, Japan. While there, the Island commander put him in charge of fighting the growing drug problem then plaguing military forces on the island. Because of his effectiveness, the commander blocked several attempts to transfer Warrant Officer Ballow to Vietnam.
Interview Session 02
A tour as a CID Warrant Officer in Okinawa fighting drug war
Interview Session 03
Conclusion of Okinawa tour to end of career
See Buck Ballow's entire interview, along with photos, in the Korean War collection.