Oklahoma Casualties Database

U.S.S. Oklahoma

Ward, James R

James Richard Ward, seaman first class, USN was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor posthumously by the President in the name of Congress for his heroism at Pearl Harbor aboard the USS Oklahoma. As the Japanese attacked, he was among those manning a big gun turret. The ship was hit, her generators stopped and she listed and began to capsize as the order was given to abandon ship. Ward seized a flashlight and lighted the escape hatch for the men rushing up from the magazines. Most of his companions escaped but Dick went down with the ship.

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