7/31/1922 – 1/11/2017
Branch: Army Air Corps
Rank: Aviation Cadet
Unit: Tuskegee Airman
Service Dates: 1942 – 1944
County: St. Louis
City: Florrissant, MO
Conflicts/Significant Events: World War II
In 1943, Ward joined the U.S. Army and trained to become a pilot at Tuskegee Army Air Field in Alabama, which produced the 99th Pursuit Squadron, an all-black fighter squadron in the then-segregated military. He spent five months at Tuskegee.
When Ward did not qualify as a pilot, he declined an offer to train as a bombardier or navigator and joined a regular Army unit, he said in a 1996 interview with The Advocate. He was in the Philippines when the war ended.
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