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Ballard grew up in Pacific Beach, San Diego, California to a mother of German heritage and a father of British heritage.<ref>[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Ballard#cite_note-1]</ref> He has attributed his early interest in underwater exploration to reading the novel ''Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea'',<ref>[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Ballard#cite_note-2]</ref> living by the ocean in San Diego, and his fascination with the groundbreaking expeditions of the bathyscaphe ''Trieste''.
 
Ballard grew up in Pacific Beach, San Diego, California to a mother of German heritage and a father of British heritage.<ref>[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Ballard#cite_note-1]</ref> He has attributed his early interest in underwater exploration to reading the novel ''Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea'',<ref>[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Ballard#cite_note-2]</ref> living by the ocean in San Diego, and his fascination with the groundbreaking expeditions of the bathyscaphe ''Trieste''.
   
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==Military career==
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<p style="margin-top:0.4em;margin-right:0px;margin-bottom:0.5em;margin-left:0px;line-height:1.5em;">Ballard joined the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Army United States Army] in 1965 through the Army's [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reserve_Officers%27_Training_Corps Reserve Officers Training program]. Ballard was designated as an intelligence officer and initially received a commission as a [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Second_Lieutenant second lieutenant] in the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Army_Reserve Army Reserve]. He was called up to active duty in 1967 but requested to fulfill his obligation in the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Navy United States Navy]. His request was approved, and Ballard was transferred to the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Navy_Reserve Navy Reserve] on the reserve active duty list. After completing his active duty obligation in 1970, Ballard was transferred back to reserve status, where he would remain for a good portion of his military career, being called up only for mandatory training and special assignments. He retired from the Navy as a[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Commander_(United_States) commander] in 1995 after reaching the statutory service limit.</p>
 
==Marine archaeology==
 
==Marine archaeology==
 
===RMS ''Titanic''===
 
===RMS ''Titanic''===
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