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b. 10/09/1921 Springfield, Ohio. d. 07/12/1941 Pearl Harbour, Hawaii.

 

DATE OF MOH ACTION: 07/12/1941 Pearl Harbour, Hawaii.

 

Ward enlisted in the United States Navy at Cincinnati, Ohio, on November 25, 1940. After basic training, he reported on board the battleship USS Oklahoma (BB-37).

 

When the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, Oklahoma took three torpedoes soon after the attack began. She listed dangerously, and it was soon apparent that she would capsize. The order was given to abandon ship, but Seaman First Class Ward remained in a turret holding a flashlight, thus sacrificing his own life to permit other members of the crew to escape. For his heroism at that time, he posthumously received the Medal of Honor.

 

MOH CITATION:

 

For conspicuous devotion to duty, extraordinary courage and complete disregard of his life, above and beyond the call of duty, during the attack on the Fleet in Pearl Harbor by Japanese forces on 7 December 1941. When it was seen that the U.S.S. Oklahoma was going to capsize and the order was given to abandon ship, Ward remained in a turret holding a flashlight so the remainder of the turret crew could see to escape, thereby sacrificing his own life.

 

BURIAL LOCATION: NATIONAL CEMETERY OF PACIFIC MEMORIAL, MANILA (LOST AT SEA)

IMO AT FERNCLIFF CEMETERY, SPRINGFIELD, OHIO.

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