Maurice Andrew Ward  ‎(I51)‎
Given Names: Maurice Andrew
Surname: Ward

Gender: MaleMale

Birth: 21 November 1919 30 23 Kansas City, Missouri
Death: 4 June 1942 ‎(Age 22)‎ Battle of Midway - Pacific
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Birth 21 November 1919 30 23 Kansas City, Missouri

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Death 4 June 1942 ‎(Age 22)‎ Battle of Midway - Pacific

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Parents Family  (F22)
Maurice Vernon Ward
1889 - 1958
Mary Gladys Murray
1896 - 1994
Maurice Andrew Ward
1919 - 1942
Mary Eileen Ward
1921 - 1922
William Earle Ward
1924 - 2013
Ellen Jane Ward
1926 - 2013


Maurice Andrew Ward enlisted directly into the US Marine Aviation program and trained at Pensacola, Florida where he earned his wings. Next was Jacksonville, Florida for advanced training in dive bombing. He was home on leave at Christmas 1942 following the Pearl Harbor attack and then was ordered to San Diego, California to join up with Scout Bombing Squadron VMSB-241 which soon was on its way out to Hawaii and thence to Midway Island. This squadron of sixteen Douglas Dauntless dive bombers took off from Midway island just before the Japanese planes arrived to bomb the island. Commanded by Major Lofton Henderson who knew his pilots had only a few hours in these old planes which had just arrived at Midway a few days before decidedthey should launch a glide bombing attack instead of the steeper method other American forces had invented. This slower glide bombing attack resulted in no hits on the carrier they attacked, the Hiryu, and a loss of 10 of the planes, pilots and gunners. Only six planes returned and although shot up pretty badly, four of them returned for a second attack. None of them returned.

Even though this squadron gained no hits on Japanese carriers in their attack, they did contribute mightily in forcing the Japanese fighter planes down to a lower level in defence of the carrier which enabled the later American Dive Bombers from our Carriers to sink all four enemy ships.

These pilots all received the Navy Cross, second highest award granted as well as Distinguished Service awards and one Congressional Medal of Honor to Captain Richard E. Fleming who was one of those who returned for a seciond attack. Maurice's Navy Cross, Purple Heart and Service awards are on display at the US Marine Aviation Museum in North San Diego, California. His name and rank are enshrined in the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu, Hawaii as are the names of all those service men who were lost in that war.

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Family with Parents
Maurice Vernon Ward ‎(I50)‎
Birth 26 May 1889 Kansas City, Kansas
Death 5 January 1958 ‎(Age 68)‎ Kansas City, Missouri
7 years
Mary Gladys Murray ‎(I1)‎
Birth 5 May 1896 41 29 Argentine, Wyandotte County, Kansas, U.S.A.
Death 11 November 1994 ‎(Age 98)‎ Age: 98 Years, 5 months, 29 days In the home of her daughter Ellen Jane, Thousand Oaks, Ventura County, California, U.S.A.

Religious Marriage: 11 October 1916 -- Argentine, Kansas
3 years
Maurice Andrew Ward ‎(I51)‎
Birth 21 November 1919 30 23 Kansas City, Missouri
Death 4 June 1942 ‎(Age 22)‎ Battle of Midway - Pacific
20 months
Sister (Birth)
Mary Eileen Ward ‎(I52)‎
Birth 23 July 1921 32 25 Kansas City, Missouri
Death 3 March 1922 ‎(Age 7 months)‎ Kansas City, Missouri
3 years
Brother (Birth)
William Earle Ward ‎(I53)‎
Birth 21 February 1924 34 27 Kansas City, Missouri
Death 14 January 2013 ‎(Age 88)‎ Spokane, Washinton USA
3 years
Ellen Jane Ward ‎(I150)‎
Birth 27 August 1926 37 30 Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri
Death May 2013 ‎(Age 86)‎ California