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Jearl Ballow - Vietnam War

Jearl 'Buck' Ballow was a member of Douglas MacArthur's GHQ staff in Tokyo from 1950 through 1953. Completing high school, he then returned to the Army in 1955, eventually becoming a Warrant Officer and CID agent in the mid-1960s. He was on the floor of the 1968 Democratic Convention, then was shipped to Okinawa, spending several years there fighting the island's drug epidemic.

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Interview Session 01 (Audio)

Early career

Interview Session 02 (Audio)

From service as enlisted clerk to CID agent

Interview Session 03 (Audio)

Ballow's military career from 1970 to retirement

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Buck Ballow 1951/1952-taken at residence in Tokyo (wearing prohibited civilian attire (?)) (Narrator’s Photo).

Where:

Tokyo

When:

1951/1952

Ownership:

Narrator’s Photo

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Buck Ballow -1951- Orderly room, COB, Staff BN, GHQ. Duty as Asst NGO (Asst Co. Clerk).

Where:

Unknown

When:

1951

Ownership:

Narrator’s Photo

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Buck and Cookie –Jan 1953- Cannelton, Indiana.

Where:

Cannelton, Indiana

When:

Jan 1953

Ownership:

Narrator’s Photo

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Cookie works on a batch of fried rice in Cannelton, Indiana.

Where:

Cannelton, Indiana

When:

Unknown

Ownership:

Narrator’s Photo

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Cookie -1953-at my brother’s house.

Where:

Unknown

When:

1953

Ownership:

Narrator’s Photo

Caption

GHQ Shoulder Insignia.

Where:

Tokyo

When:

Unknown

Ownership:

Narrator’s Photo

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General Headquarters Company Parade in Tokyo in the Spring 1950. As a member of GHQ, where MacArthur called home, the men had to meet stringent appearance standards and keep their uniforms in tip-top condition.

Where:

Tokyo

When:

1950

Ownership:

Narrator’s Photo

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RRA Beer Hall-1951- Left to Right: Cpl George D. Wiley, Ballow, PO3 James A. VanFlee, Aussie Soldier-unknown, PO3 Greery Stanton.

Where:

Unknown

When:

1951

Ownership:

Narrator’s Photo



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