AIR FORCE POW RECALLS CHRISTMAS IN THE ‘DUNGEONS OF NORTH VIETNAM’ (Ballad)

Lt. Col. Arthur “Ted” Ballard was an experienced Air Force aviator who flew dozens of combat missions in his F-105 jet. He earned a Distinguished Flying Cross before being shot down during a bombing run over North Vietnam in September 1966. 

He survived 2,351 days and seven Christmas holidays in captivity at various prisoner-of-war camps, including the notorious “Hanoi Hilton.” 

Perhaps his most powerful contributions to the Vietnam War record, beyond even his combat achievements, were the recollections he penned in a series called “Christmas in the Dungeons of North Vietnam.”

Ballard shared his experiences during the Christmas seasons from 1966 to 1972 until his release six and a half years later as part of Operation Homecoming on March 4, 1973.

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