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|William Craig Ballou
Branch: United States Army
Unit: MACV - 525th MI Group
Highest Rank: E-5
Birth Year: October 22, 1947
Place of Birth: Detroit, Michigan
Medals: Bronze Star; Army Commendation Medal; Vietnam General Staff Service Medal; Vietnam Cross of G allantry; Good Conduct Medal; and Vietnam Campaign Service Medal
|William Ballou was born in Detroit, Michigan on November 22, 1947. He grew up and attended school in Canton, Michigan. He enlised in the Army after graduating from Canton High School. He had hoped to get into the Military Police but he was not old enough and was assigned to an intelligence unit. After intelligence training and language schoolingl, he was sent to Vietnam as an Advisor to the 21st ARVN Infantry Division. He was given a Carbine and although he had no weapons training, he quickly learned how to use the weapon. He participated in five campaigns, including the TET Offensive.|
Returning home, William completed hs BA and MA degrees in Criminal Justice. He spent 15 years in law informcement, including undercover narcotics.
Thirty years after discharge from the Army, he began having terrible nightmares. He described the Was as making people inhuman. His nightmares centered around visualizing bodies being dumped out of copters and piled up without any dignity. William was also very close to the spraying of Agent Orange. As a result of his experiences, he developed Diabetes, had open heart surgery, and developed
PTSD. He is on 100 % disability.