Ball, Arthur Wyman, SF3

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Last Rank
Petty Officer Third Class
Last Primary NEC
SF-0000-Shipfitter
Last Rating/NEC Group
Shipfitter
Primary Unit
1968-1968, SF-0000, Commander in Chief Pacific Fleet (CINCPACFLT)/Commander Pacific Fleet (COMPACFLT)
Service Years
1965 - 1968
Official/Unofficial US Navy Certificates
Cold War
Order of the Golden Dragon
SF-Shipfitter

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Home State
Texas
Texas
Year of Birth
1948
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
De Kalb
Last Address
De Kalb

Casualty Date
Apr 23, 1968
 
Cause
Hostile, Died of Wounds
Reason
Artillery, Rocket, Mortar
Location
Quang Tri (Vietnam)
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
51E 035

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 Unofficial Badges 

Cold War Medal Order of the Golden Dragon


 Military Association Memberships
Military Order of Foreign Wars of the United StatesVeterans of the Vietnam WarBlue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Association
  1961, Military Order of Foreign Wars of the United States - Assoc. Page
  1968, Fleet Tanker Association
  1968, Veterans of the Vietnam War
  1968, Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Association [Verified]

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Vietnam War
Start Year
1960
End Year
1973

Description
Overview of the Vietnam War 


Vietnam was the longest war in American history and the most unpopular American war of the 20th century. It resulted in nearly 60,000 American deaths and in an estimated 2 million Vietnamese deaths. Even today, many Americans still ask whether the American effort in Vietnam was a sin, a blunder, a necessary war, or whether it was a noble cause, or an idealistic, if failed, effort to protect the South Vietnamese from totalitarian government.

Summary:

Between 1945 and 1954, the Vietnamese waged an anti-colonial war against France, which received $2.6 billion in financial support from the United States. The French defeat at the Dien Bien Phu was followed by a peace conference in Geneva. As a result of the conference, Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam received their independence, and Vietnam was temporarily divided between an anti-Communist South and a Communist North. In 1956, South Vietnam, with American backing, refused to hold unification elections. By 1958, Communist-led guerrillas, known as the Viet Cong, had begun to battle the South Vietnamese government.

To support the South's government, the United States sent in 2,000 military advisors--a number that grew to 16,300 in 1963. The military condition deteriorated, and by 1963, South Vietnam had lost the fertile Mekong Delta to the Viet Cong. In 1965, President Lyndon Johnson escalated the war, commencing air strikes on North Vietnam and committing ground forces--which numbered 536,000 in 1968. The 1968 Tet Offensive by the North Vietnamese turned many Americans against the war.

The next president, Richard Nixon, advocated Vietnamization, withdrawing American troops and giving South Vietnam greater responsibility for fighting the war. In 1970, Nixon attempted to slow the flow of North Vietnamese soldiers and supplies into South Vietnam by sending American forces to destroy Communist supply bases in Cambodia. This act violated Cambodian neutrality and provoked antiwar protests on the nation's college campuses.

From 1968 to 1973, efforts were made to end the conflict through diplomacy. In January 1973, an agreement was reached; U.S. forces were withdrawn from Vietnam, and U.S. prisoners of war were released. In April 1975, South Vietnam surrendered to the North, and Vietnam was reunited.

Consequences

1. The Vietnam War cost the United States 58,000 lives and 350,000 casualties. It also resulted in between one and two million Vietnamese deaths.

2. Congress enacted the War Powers Act in 1973, requiring the president to receive explicit Congressional approval before committing American forces overseas.
   
My Participation in This Battle or Operation
From Year
1968
To Year
1968
 
Last Updated:
Jul 7, 2014
   
Personal Memories

Memories
I was the last person to speak to Ball the night he died.
He was coming across the catwalk and I was on fire watch.
He looked up and ask me if he was ready to go.
He was being sent home in two days as his time in the Navy was up.
I told him he was ready to go and then we came under attack.
He died dogging down the hatch he walked through after he left me.

Russell H. Waddell, YNC USN (Ret)
USS GENESEE 1967 - 1969
401 2nd Avenue SW, Greta Falls, MT

   
My Photos From This Battle or Operation
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