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Conflict Period:
Vietnam War 1
Branch:
Army 1
Rank:
Specialist Fourth Class 1
Birth:
25 Aug 1948 1
Death:
28 Apr 1969 1
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Full Name:
Roger Lee Ward 1
Birth:
25 Aug 1948 1
Male 1
Death:
28 Apr 1969 1
Cause: Gun, Small Arms Fire 1
Age at Death: 20 1
Body Recovered: Recovered 1
Casualty Date: 28 Apr 1969 1
Casualty Type: Hostile, Died 1
Residence:
Hometown: Brookston, IN 1
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Marriage:
Marital Status: Single 1
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Vietnam War 1

Branch:
Army 1
Rank:
Specialist Fourth Class 1
Battalion:
4th Bn 1
Company:
D Co 1
Enlistment Type:
Selective Service 1
Grade:
E4 1
Major Command:
9th Inf Div 1
Regiment:
39th Infantry 1
Service:
Army 1
Specialty:
Light Weapons Infantry (ARMY) 1
Tour Start Date:
18 Oct 1968 1
Years Served:
0 1
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Religion:
Roman Catholic 1
Race or Ethnicity:
Caucasian 1
Memorial Wall Location:
Line: 74 1
Panel: 26W 1

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In Remembrance by Tom Cooper

Layafette, IN

Roger and I were best of friends all through our school years from when I first met him in 3rd grade in 1957 until we graduated from high school together in 1966. Rog was a fun loving guy, a hard worker, wanted nothing more than to just farm like his dad and was a good athlete. We were on a number of ball teams together thru the years. I remember in 1968 while I was going to college, going to a Ponderosa steak house one evening and seeing an old girl friend of Roger's who was working there at the time. I came thru the food line and she said hi to me and asked if I'd heard about Roger Ward and I said I hadn't and she told me what had happened and that moment was etched in my mind forever. I have told that story a million times. I wish I could have seen my friend before he went away. He was a good man. I have the utmost respect for him and for every other man and women who served in that godforsaken war. I'll see ya another day Rog. ~ Tom Cooper

In Remembrance by Steve Biddle

Enid, OK

Roger and I were boyhood friends all the way thru our school years, first meeting at five years old in kindergarten in 1953. We were in 4H and FFA together, and dreamed of become wealthy farmers some day. After graduation I enrolled in college at Purdue University and Roger stayed on the farm with his family and we saw one another occasionally over the next eighteen months. Our paths crossed again with the common bond of receiving our draft notices and reporting to Indianapolis for our pre-induction physicals at the same time. I failed the physical and he passed, and the rest is history. Roger had a dry wit and great sense of humor, and he loved to play jokes anonymously. Roger was a true and loyal friend, and he had a heart as big as Indiana. His death was a devastating loss to me personally and I had to deal with a number of “what-ifs” as the result of my failing my physical and by Roger passing his. ~ Steve Biddle

In Remembrance by Gerald Maddock

Star Valley, AZ

Roger Lee Ward was inducted into the Army on May 23, 1968 in Indianapolis, IN. Then he went thru Basic Training at Fort Campbell, KY assigned to the 1st Bde, 3rd Bn, Charlie Co, 3rd Pltn from late May thru late July. He was immediately shipped out to Fort Lewis, WA for Advanced Infantry Training assigned to 3rd Bn, E Co, 3rd Pltn and finished AIT around the first part of October. He then had a two week leave and returned back home to Brookston, Indiana.  After his leave, he reported to Oakland, California to process for shipping out to the Republic of South Vietnam on Oct 18, 1968. Most of the unit from Basic and AIT flew over to Vietnam on the same plane which went by way of Anchorage, Alaska and Tokyo, Japan and then landed at Bien Hoa, RVN. Then went to Long Binh where the 90th Replacement Center was located, where he was assigned to the 9th Infantry Division based at Dong Tam and then he was assigned to Delta Co, 4/39 Infantry Reg. He was killed on April 28, 1969 in Kien Phong province in the northern part of the Mekong Delta. In a book titled "Steel My Soldiers Hearts" written by Col. David Hackworth it mentions: Roger Ward, walking point, being ambushed and killed instantly. ~ Gerald Maddock (We went thru Basic/AIT together and went over on the same plane)                                                 

~ Rest In Peace Brother ~ You will never be forgotten ~

 Gerald  Maddock
gcmaddock@gmail.com
Fellow soldier
In Remembrance You will never be forgotten ~ Rest in peace, brother.
Feb 26, 2010




Gerald  Maddock
gcmaddock@gmail.com
Fellow stateside soldier
In Memory Of Roger and I were best of friends all through our school years from when I first met him in 3rd grade in 1957 until we graduated from high school together in 1966. Rog was a fun loving guy, a hard worker, wanted nothing more than to just farm like his dad and was a good athlete. We were on a number of ball teams together thru the years. I remember in 1968 while I was going to college, going to a Ponderosa steak house one evening and seeing an old girl friend of Roger's who was working there at the time. I came thru the food line and she said hi to me and asked if I'd heard about Roger Ward and I said I hadn't and she told me what had happened and that moment was etched in my mind forever. I have told that story a million times. I wish I could have seen my friend before he went away. He was a good man. I have the utmost respect for him and for every other man and women who served in that godforsaken war. I'll see ya another day Rog.

~ By Tom Cooper        Roger and I were boyhood friends all the way thru our school years, first meeting at five years old in kindergarten in 1953. We were in 4H and FFA together, and dreamed of become wealthy farmers some day. After graduation I enrolled in college at Purdue University and Roger stayed on the farm with his family and we saw one another occasionally over the next eighteen months. Our paths crossed again with the common bond of receiving our draft notices and reporting to Indianapolis for our pre-induction physicals at the same time. I failed the physical and he passed, and the rest is history. Roger had a dry wit and great sense of humor, and he loved to play jokes anonymously. Roger was a true and loyal friend, and he had a heart as big as Indiana. His death was a devastating loss to me personally and I had deal with a number of “what-ifs” as the result of my failing my physical and Roger passing his.

~ By Steve Biddle      Roger Lee Ward was inducted into the Army on May 23, 1968 in Indianapolis, IN. Then he went thru Basic Training at Fort Campbell, KY assigned to the 1st Bde, 3rd Bn, Charlie Co, 3rd Pltn from late May thru late July. He was immediately shipped out to Fort Lewis, WA for Advanced Infantry Training assigned to 3rd Bn, E Co, 3rd Pltn and finished AIT around the first part of October. He then had a two week leave and returned back home to Brookston, Indiana. After his leave, he reported to Oakland, California to process for shipping out to the Republic of South Vietnam on Oct 18, 1968. Most of the unit from Basic and AIT flew over to Vietnam on the same plane which went by way of Anchorage, Alaska and Tokyo, Japan and then landed at Bien Hoa, RVN. Then went to Long Binh where the 90th Replacement Center was located, where he was assigned to the 9th Infantry Division based at Dong Tam and then he was assigned to Delta Co, 4/39 Infantry Reg. He was killed on April 28, 1969 in Kien Phong province in the northern part of the Mekong Delta. You will never be forgotten

~ Rest In Peace, Brother ~ By Gerald Maddock (We went thru Basic/AIT together and went over on the same plane)   Mar 24, 2010


Tom Cooper
cooper1putt@insightbb.com
Longtime friend and classmate
816 Havelka St
Lafayette, IN. 47909 USA
Roger and I were best of friends all through our school years from when I first met him in 3rd grade in 1957 until we graduated from high school together in 1966. Rog was a fun loving guy, a hard worker, wanted nothing more than to just farm like his dad and was a good athlete. We were on a number of ball teams together thur the years. I remember in 1968 while I was going to college, going to a Ponderosa steak house one evening and seeing an old girl friend of Roger's who was working there at the time. I came thru the food line and she said hi to me and asked if I'd heard about Roger Ward and I said I hadn't and she told me what had happened and that moment was etched in my mind forever. I have told that story a million times. I wish I could have seen my friend before he went away. He was a good man. I have the utmost respect for him and for every other man and women who served in that godforsaken war. I'll see ya another day Rog. Coop Tuesday, January 13, 2004

  mentioned in book Posted for: ROGER LEE WARD: SP4 Ward was mentioned in the book "Steel My Soldiers' Hearts" by Col. David Hackworth.
Ward was a point man for his squad. Posted by: Dave E
Email: semi_crazy61@hotmail.com
Relationship: historian
Wednesday, July 13, 2005

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