Born in Baltimore, Md., September 8, 1914 Col. Ward graduated from Western Maryland College in 1935 and received his commission in the Reserves.|
Company "G" oft hat [of that] Unit. We [He] remained there until February 1943, when he was transfered tho [to] the Infantry Division, and attended the Infantry Basic Course at Fort Benning Ga.
Later he was transfered to the 318th Infantry Regt. of the 80th Infantry Division and activated Company "G" of that unit. He remained there until February 1943 when he was transfered to tho [the] 423 Infantry Regt. of the 106th Infantry Division, serving as Executive Officer of the 2nd Battalion until May, when he assummed Command of the Ist [1st] Battalion of his Regiment. He remained in that capacity until he flew overseas to join the 6th Armored Division, just before the "Super Sixth" left Britian for France.
His first assignement with the Division was that of S-3 and Executive Officer of Reservo [Reserve] Command and for a short period of time he served as Headquarters Commandant. Later he became S-3 of Combat Command "A" under Col. J. L. Hines, Jr., and remained in that capacity until he assumed command of the 50th Armored Infantry Battalion.