TONY R WARD
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HONORED ON PANEL 10W, LINE 73 OF THE WALL

TONY ROBERT WARD

WALL NAME

TONY R WARD

PANEL / LINE

10W/73

DATE OF BIRTH

10/31/1949

CASUALTY PROVINCE

THUA THIEN

DATE OF CASUALTY

05/20/1970

HOME OF RECORD

EAST POINT

COUNTY OF RECORD

Fulton County

STATE

GA

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

SSGT

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REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR TONY ROBERT WARD
POSTED ON 5.19.2022
POSTED BY: Wayne ward

MY BROTHER TONY

Well tomorrow marks 52 years you were tragically taken from us. You have lived in our hearts and thoughts on a daily basis. Many fond memories dance in my head like the time you and Randy Holloway threw me in Radium Creek to teach me how to swim. Or the day you wrecked your Honda CB160 climbing the Sand Dunes. The night you and Starr got married. You were often the driving force in my head during my Air Force years. How I wanted to see my beloved B52's make one more trip to SE Asia! But at last I have let all that go. You cannot keep hate in your heart forever. I know you would not have. Mom and Dad and Donnie have all gone to be with you now and in a few years the rest of us will follow. What a Great Reunion that will be. I Love You Brother! Rest In Peace!
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POSTED ON 4.12.2020

Ground Casualty

On May 17, 1970, the 101st Airborne Division issued an alert regarding a possible North Vietnamese Army (NVA) attack on the Phu Bai Combat Base to honor the anniversary of Ho Chi Minh’s birthday. On May 18th, Alpha Company, 2nd Battalion, 501st Infantry, air assaulted southwest of Phu Bai to carry out a screening operation against possible enemy units in the area. The mission was counter-reconnaissance to locate and disrupt NVA forces that might attempt to infiltrate the area. At nightfall on the 19th, 3rd Platoon established defensive positions on a knoll covered with high grass. There was no imminent threat reported that night, and a watch with two-hour exterior guard shifts was employed at each position. Between 1:00 AM and 3:00 AM on the 20th, an explosion rocked the hilltop. Believing they were under attack, every position opened fire while frantic screams for a medic came from the southwest sector of our perimeter. Arriving at the scene, the medic found a soldier sitting up with a broken leg, screaming hysterically. Three feet away, SGT Tony R. Ward lay dead, and in the middle was PFC Roy L. Carter, unconscious but breathing with shallow gasps from sucking-chest wounds. The soldier with the broken leg was terrified but calmed down after a shot of morphine. The medic knelt over Carter, desperately trying to seal the puncture holes in his chest. Friendly artillery provided illumination, and the outgoing gunfire stopped. It turned out that there was no enemy anywhere, and that the three soldiers were injured by an apparent accidental grenade explosion. A medivac helicopter arrived and carried away the casualties. Carter was still breathing when put on the aircraft; however, he succumbed shortly after. His and Ward’s deaths were listed as “Non-Hostile, Ground Casualty.” No one ever knew for sure how or why the accident happened. Ward was posthumously promoted to Staff Sergeant and Carter to Corporal. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org and information provided by Guy Rudawski (April 2020)]
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POSTED ON 6.15.2016
POSTED BY: Curt Carter [email protected]

Remembering An American Hero

Dear SSGT Tony Robert Ward, sir

As an American, I would like to thank you for your service and for your sacrifice made on behalf of our wonderful country. The youth of today could gain much by learning of heroes such as yourself, men and women whose courage and heart can never be questioned.

May God allow you to read this, and may He allow me to someday shake your hand when I get to Heaven to personally thank you. May he also allow my father to find you and shake your hand now to say thank you; for America, and for those who love you.

With respect, Sir

Curt Carter
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POSTED ON 1.2.2016
POSTED BY: Guy Rudawski

May 20, 1970 Phu Bai, South Vietnam

I was the Medic with you the night you died.
I wrote a story about that night and I will never forget. RIP Brother.
Alpha Avengers A/2-501.
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POSTED ON 1.2.2016
POSTED BY: Guy Rudawski

May 20, 1070 Phu Bai, South Vietnam

I was the Medic with you the night you died.
I wrote a story about that night and I will never forget. RIP Brother.
Alpha Avengers A/2-501, 101st Airborne.
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