Veterans History Project Service Summary:

  • War or Conflict: Vietnam War, 1961-1975
  • Branch of Service: Army
  • Unit of Service: 167th Signal Company, 1st Field Forces
  • Location of Service: Pleiku, Vietnam
  • Highest Rank: Specialist Four

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“I found out when I would go to sleep, my body is here in our world in the United States. I'm in Chicago in my bed sleeping, but my brain is over in Vietnam.” (video interview, 15:38)

When Arthur T. Baltazar arrived in Vietnam in 1968, he almost immediately found himself in the middle of a rocket attack that killed three servicemen. Though he had trained as a radio relay operator, he never operated a radio in Vietnam, instead serving as a perimeter guard. When he returned home, he found that he could not forget his experiences; but with the help of a VA counselor, he eventually learned to avoid bottling up his emotions. When asked if he would do it all again, he responds, "No, I already did it."

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More Resources

[ Photocopy of a letter from Arthur Baltazar to President and Mrs. Obama [n.d.] ]
[ Account of action in Vietnam on 9/26 and 9/27/1968, signed by Leroy Seawell [3/23/2010] ]

About this Item

Title

  • Arthur T. Baltazar Collection

Names

  • Baltazar, Arthur T.
  • National Court Reporters Association (NCRA)
  • Shorak, B.J.
  • Walker, Cherryl
  • Kathleen M. Grove

State of Birth

  • IL

Home State

  • IL

Headings

  • -  Baltazar, Arthur T.
  • -  Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Personal Narratives
  • -  United States. Army.

Notes

  • -  Veteran's biographical form lists race/ethnicity as "Mexican-American."

Repository

  • Veterans History Project, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

Gender

  • Male

Race

  • Hispanic

Status

  • Veteran

Service History

  • Vietnam War, 1961-1975

    • Branch of Service: Army
    • Unit of Service: 167th Signal Company, 1st Field Forces
    • Location of Service: Pleiku, Vietnam
    • Highest Rank: Specialist Four
    • Dates of Service: 1967-1969
    • Entrance into Service: Drafted
    • Military Status: Veteran

Materials

  • Photograph: Copy photographic print [14 items] -- Photograph (collected 1968 - 2014)
  • Video: DVD [1 item] -- Oral history interview (collected 12/09/2014)
  • Manuscript: Transcript [1 item] -- Transcription of video recording (collected 12/22/2015)
  • Manuscript: Correspondence [3 items] -- Mixed (handwritten and typewritten documents) (collected 2012 - 2014)
  • Manuscript: Memoirs [1 item] -- Typewritten document (collected 03/23/2010)

Collection Number

  • AFC/2001/001/97872

Cite as

  • Arthur T. Baltazar Collection (AFC/2001/001/97872), Veterans History Project, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

Online Format

  • image
  • online text
  • video

Additional Metadata Formats

IIIF Presentation Manifest

Rights & Access

Using VHP Material in Publication or Exhibition

The Veterans History Project (VHP) at the Library of Congress collects, preserves and makes accessible the firsthand recollections of U.S. military veterans who served from World War I through more recent conflicts and peacekeeping missions, so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand what they saw, did and felt during their service. The Veterans History Project Collection includes oral histories along with documentary materials such as original letters, diaries, photographs, and memoirs.

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Citing VHP Materials

Please use the following formats when citing Veterans History Project materials (substituting the appropriate name and collection ID number).

Materials as a whole:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Manuscript material:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Memoirs (MS02), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.
  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Transcript (MS04), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.
  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Correspondence (MS01), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Recording:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Audio recording (SR01), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.
  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Video recording (MV01), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Photograph:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Photographs (PH01), photographer unknown, Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.
  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Photographs (PH03-PH14), Ralph Williams photographer, Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Computer file:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Computer file (CF01), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Artifact:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Artifact (AR01), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Cite This Item

Citations are generated automatically from bibliographic data as a convenience, and may not be complete or accurate.

Chicago citation style:

Baltazar, Arthur T, National Court Reporters Association, B.J Shorak, Cherryl Walker, and Kathleen M. Grove. Arthur T. Baltazar Collection. 1967. Personal Narrative. https://www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.97872/.

APA citation style:

Baltazar, A. T., National Court Reporters Association, Shorak, B. J., Walker, C. & Kathleen M. Grove. (1967) Arthur T. Baltazar Collection. [Personal Narrative] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.97872/.

MLA citation style:

Baltazar, Arthur T, et al. Arthur T. Baltazar Collection. 1967. Personal Narrative. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.97872/>.