Ward, James Richard

Ward, James Richard

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.

Place of Birth OH See More >
Birth Date Sep 10, 1921
Service Branch U.S. Navy See More >
Division USS Oklahoma (BB-37)
Conflict World War II See More >
Location and Details Pearl Harbor, Territory of Hawaii
Accredited To OH See More >