#VeteranOfTheDay Army Veteran Arthur T. Baltazar


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Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Army Veteran Arthur T. Baltazar.  Arthur served from 1967 to 1969.

Arthur was drafted into the Army in 1967 to contribute to the war efforts in Vietnam; he had just been married a few months prior to reporting for duty in October of that year.  Arthur completed basic training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, and advanced training in radio operations at Fort Gordon, Georgia, before deploying to Vietnam.  Arthur fought alongside the 167th Signal Company and First Field Forces units.

Arthur was honorably discharged in 1969 and returned home to his wife and young child.  He is one of five Baltazar sons to serve in the United States Military.   After battling with PTSD for several years from his efforts in Vietnam, Arthur continually encourages people to reach out to Vets they know or see on the street to tell them, ‘Thank you for my freedom.’  Those words gave him encouragement in hard times and show our Veterans how much we appreciate all that they do for our country.

Thank you for your service, Arthur!


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Veterans History Project

This #VeteranOfTheDay profile was created with interviews submitted to the Veterans History Project. The project collects, preserves, and makes accessible the personal accounts of American war Veterans so that future generations may hear directly from Veterans and better understand the realities of war. Find out more at http://www.loc.gov/vets/.


Graphic By Kierra Willis: Kierra Willis is a Graphic Communication Major at the University of Maryland University College. She currently has an AAS in Graphic Design and Visual Communications.

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Natalie Scholander

Natalie Scholander is a senior at Regis University in Denver, Colorado studying Public Relations, Sociology, and French. Natalie is also a Social Media intern for the US Department of Veteran Affairs.

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  1. Wanda Sells    

    Veteran of the Day nominee William E Sells served with US Army Security Agency in Okinawa Japan at Torii Station during 1973-75 and worked for NSA. Specialist Sells distinguished himself with the Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medals, Presidential Citations, and various other medals and Awards. During deployment to Germany again on 2nd Tour of duty with 2nd Armored Division in Garlstedt; He was instrumental in developing the first active Personnel Admin Center in the field of Operations for the US Army. Again receiving the Army Achievement Medal from the Secretary of the Army in 1981-83.

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