981ST Sentry Dog Company
Born on August 19, 1947.
In the Army he served as a 95B10 (Military Policeman).
Special MOS designation P5 (Sentry Dog Handler).
In 1 year of service, he attained the rank of PFC/E3.
On July 4th, 1968, at the age of 20, DAVID JAMES WARD
perished in the service of our country in Nihn Thuan, South Vietnam.
These are personal observations by fellow dog handlers, about events that happened In Country.
" I was in Cam Ranh Bay at the same time as David Ward back in '68. I
can't say I knew him, but I knew of him. I attended his memorial
service in Cam Ranh before I was sent to Qui Nhon (Phu Tai). If memory
serves me, shortly after I arrived he was sent to Phan Rang. I was told
the dog posts in Phan Rang ran along or near a beach. As I remember the
story, the night he was killed, charlie hit a compound or an area that
was between his post and his kennel area. Early on in the fire fight
the duty NCO found Ward and told him to stay put, but later during a
lull in the fighting he apparently tried to get to his kennel area and
was caught in a crossfire. That's the story as I remember it.".
981ST Sentry Dogs 67'/68'
--- General / Personal ---
Last name: WARD
First name: DAVID JAMES
Home of Record (official): LAS
State (official): NV
Date of Birth: Tuesday, August 19, 1947
Marital Status: Single
--- Military ---
Serial Number: 18842641
Posthumous promotion as indicated
Pay grade: E3
MOS (Military Occupational Specialty code): 95B10
--- Action ---
Start of Tour: Sunday, February 25, 1968
Date of Casualty: Thursday, July
Age at time of loss: 20
Casualty type: (A1) Hostile, died
Reason: Multiple fragmentation wounds (Ground casualty)
Country: South VietNam
Province: Ninh Thuan
The Wall: Panel 53W - Row 014