Donald H. Balch
|Donald H. Balch|
|Birth name||Donald H. Balch|
August 19, 1931|
Bellows Falls, Vermont
|Died||October 14, 2007
|Buried at||Arlington National Cemetery|
|Service/branch||United States Air Force|
|Years of service||1954–1986|
|Commands held||512th Military Airlift Wing
349th Military Airlift Wing
440th Tactical Airlift Wing
|Awards||Legion of Merit
Armed Forces Reserve Medal
National Defense Service Medal
Vietnam Service Medal
Outstanding Unit Award
Air Force Longevity Service Award
Air Force Training Ribbon
Vietnam Gallantry Cross
Balch was born on August 19, 1931 in Bellows Falls, Vermont. He later attended the University of Vermont and the New England School of Law and would marry and have two children. His son, Gareth, would also serve in the Air Force. Balch was killed in an automobile accident on October 14, 2007 in Bulverde, Texas and is buried at Arlington National Cemetery.
Balch was commissioned an officer in the Air Force in 1954. In 1961 he entered the Air Force Reserve Command. He would serve in the Vietnam War and would command the 512th Military Airlift Wing based at Dover Air Force Base in Dover, Delaware, the 349th Military Airlift Wing based at Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield, California, and the 440th Tactical Airlift Wing based at General Mitchell International Airport in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Balch retired in 1986.
Awards he received include the Legion of Merit, the Armed Forces Reserve Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal, the Outstanding Unit Award, the Air Force Longevity Service Award, the Air Force Training Ribbon, and the Vietnam Gallantry Cross.
- "Donald H. Balch". Arlington Cemetery.net. Retrieved 2011-01-24.