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|54k||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 07 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)
|243k||06 January 1943: Houston, Tex. - USS J. Richard Ward (DE 243) launching at the Brown Shipbuilding Co. in Houston, Texas. (U.S. Navy Photo #19-N-47821 from the United States National Archives)||Mike Green|
|183k||14 May 1944: Brooklyn, N.Y. - Starboard bow view of the USS J. Richard Ward (DE 243) anchored off New York Navy Yard.
(U.S. Navy Photo #19-N-70847 from the United States National Archives)
||14 May 1944: Brooklyn, N.Y. - J. Richard Ward laying off New York Navy Yard.
(U.S. Navy Photo #19-N-70846 from the United States National Archives)
||14 May 1944: Brooklyn, N.Y. - Starboard quarter view of J. Richard Ward anchored off New York Navy Yard.
(U.S. Navy Photo #19-N-70848 from the United States National Archives)
|J. Richard Ward History|
|View the USS J. Richard Ward (DE 243) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.|
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