PFC Lloyd Emmet Ward

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NAME:
Lloyd Emmett Ward
NICKNAME: SERVICE NUMBER:
327302
HOME OF RECORD:
Vinton, OH
NEXT OF KIN:
Father, Mr. Emmett Ward
DATE OF BIRTH:
~1924
ENLISTED:
October 20, 1941
DATE OF DEATH:
September 27, 1942
CAMPAIGN UNIT MOS RATE FATE
Guadalcanal A/1/7 PFC KIA
CAUSE OF DEATH:
Unknown
INDIVIDUAL DECORATIONS:
Purple Heart
LAST KNOWN RANK:
Private First Class
STATUS OF REMAINS:
Unknown
MEMORIAL:
Vinton Memorial Cemetery, OH
Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Philippines.


Birth and Early Life:
Lloyd was born around the year 1924. He was raised in Vinton Village, a small rural town in Gallia County, Ohio. (1) His mother was a saleslady, while father Emmet worked as the caretaker for McGehee Cemetery. Lloyd himself entered the workforce in 1940; it wasn’t long before decided on a career in the Marines.

Enlistment and Boot Camp:
Ward enlisted from Chicago, Illinois on October 20, 1941. He trained at Parris Island, and was  just completing boot camp when Pearl Harbor was attacked. Shortly before the new year, he was assigned to Company A, First Battalion, 7th Marines.

Wartime Service:
Lloyd Ward was promoted to Private First Class in the early spring of 1942. He spent the following eight months training in the States and standing guard in American Samoa.

PFC Ward’s company arrived on Guadalcanal on September 18, 1942. They were shelled by Japanese warships their first night ashore, and their nervousness on the line led to firing at shadows – much to the chagrin of their veteran battalion commander, Lt. Colonel Lewis “Chesty” Puller.

The battalion’s first expedition against the Japanese ended with a sharp fight along the Matanikau River on September 24 that cost Company A three dead and a handful of wounded. Companies A and B withdrew to the main Marine position, while planners attempted to determine a way to cross the river.

Date Of Loss:
The answer, arrived at in the early morning hours of September 27, 1942, was to send the bulk of 1/7 behind the Japanese lines by boat, while other Marine forces attempted another crossing. PFC Ward found himself hurrying to gather his gear and ammunition before boarding a small Higgins boat for a short, choppy ride around Point Cruz and up onto a beach on Guadalcanal’s north coast.

The Marines were to advance to a predetermined point – known as Hill 84 – before regrouping  and searching out the Japanese. Company B reached their objective, and were immediately hit by heavy mortar and machine gun fire. Ward’s Company A, landing behind them, were quickly deployed to fight off a strong Japanese infantry force that repeatedly tried to cut them off from the beach. For the entire afternoon, the stranded Marines fought desperately to keep from being overrun; they finally managed a fighting withdrawal to the beach, where they scrambled back aboard the boats and returned to camp.

Lloyd Ward was among the 24 Marines who lost their lives in the abortive operation. His remains, if found, were never identified.

For more on this action, see Little Dunkirk.

The Portsmouth, Ohio, Times. 12 November 1942.
The Portsmouth, Ohio, Times. 12 November 1942.

Next Of Kin:
Father, Mr. Emmett Ward

Status Of Remains:
Unknown

Memorial:
Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Philippines.
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NOTES:
(1) The population of Vinton was so small in 1930 that the year’s census required only one enumerator – Lloyd’s mother, Mrs. Ermel Ward. Ermel, who had attended some college, was later appointed postmistress of the town.

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