George Robert Ward, Jr

Lance Corporal
Kilo Company, 3rd Battalion, 4th Marines
United States Marine Corps
06 August 1949 - 14 March 1969
Clarksville, TN
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4TH MARINES Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Campaign, Vietnam Service

The database page for George Robert Ward, Jr


George Robert Ward was my brother.
I was just 8 years old when he was killed.

I have been trying for a long time to find out about my brother, and I would very much like to hear from anyone who served with him.


Lance Corporal Ward was a member of Kilo Company, 3/4 Marines. KILO and MIKE companies were positioned on Mutter's Ridge (LZ Sierra), south of the DMZ, and were engaged with the enemy. Helicopter squadron HMM-161 was operating in support of the ground forces.

Mutter's Ridge
Mutter's Ridge (LZ Sierra) from Highway 9

A CH-46D (Call sign YR-31, BuNo 154841) brought in a load of supplies, then settled in the LZ to take on wounded Marines. The CH-46 was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade and burst into fire, with at least one secondary explosion. A dozen Marines and one Navy Corpsman, some in the aircraft and some on the ground alongside, died in the conflagration.

The dead included

  • PFC James A Carpenter, USMC
  • PFC Richard C Chubb, USMC
  • PFC Earl F Falconbury, USMC
  • PFC Ernest R Franks, USMC
  • PFC Michael J Hayes Jr., USMC
  • PFC Samuel Hope Jr., USMC
  • LCPL Sydney C Howard, USMC
  • HM2 William J Hutton, USN
  • PFC Antonio E Ruiz, USMC
  • PFC Richard W Smith, USMC
  • LCPL William R Stolley Jr., USMC
  • PFC Alan W Thornton, USMC
  • LCPL George R Ward, Jr., USMC
Further information is available on the Pop-A-Smoke site.

Lance Corporal George R Ward also is memorialized by his comrades of the
Thundering Third Marines

A memorial from his sister,
Gail Baumberger 

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Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)