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USS J. Richard Ward (DE 243)
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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
American Campaign Medal w/ 1 star- WWII Victory Medal
Type: FMR (geared diesel, Fairbanks-Morse reverse gear drive, 3" guns)
Displacement: 1200 tons (light), 1590 tons (full)
Length: 300' (wl), 306' (oa)
Beam: 36' 10" (extreme)
Draft: 20' 6" (draft limit)
Propulsion: 4 Fairbanks-Morse Mod. 38d81/8 geared diesel engines, 4 diesel-generators, 6000 shp, 2 screws
Speed: 21 kts
Range: 9,100 nm @ 12 knots
Armament: 3 x 3"/50 Mk22 (1x3), 1 twin 40mm Mk1 AA, 8 x 20mm Mk 4 AA, 3 x 21" Mk15 TT (3x1), 1 Hedgehog Projector Mk10 (144 rounds), 8 Mk6 depth charge projectors, 2 Mk9 depth charge tracks
Complement: 8 / 201
J. Richard Ward (DE 243) Building and Operational Data:
30 September 1942: Keel laid by the Brown Shipbuilding Co., Houston, Tex.
6 January 1943: Launched and christened, sponsored by Miss Marjorie Ward, sister of Seaman First Class Ward
5 July 1943: Commissioned, Lt. T. S. Dunstan in command
13 June 1946: Decommissioned at Green Cove Springs, Fla.
2 January 1971: Stricken from the NVR
10 April 1972: Sold for scrapping
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||James Richard Ward was born in Springfield, Ohio on 10 September 1921. He enlisted in the Navy at Cincinnati, Ohio, in November 1940. When
the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor on 7 December 1941, Ward was serving in the battleship Oklahoma. As that ship was capsizing, and had been ordered
abandoned, he 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 was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor.
USS J. Richard Ward (DE 243) (1943-1946) was the first ship named in his honor.
(U.S. Navy photo #NH 92309 from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
||14 May 1944: J. Richard Ward, taken while lying to, off the New York Navy Yard.
View the USS J. Richard Ward (DE 243) DANFS history entry
located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
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