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Old 12-26-2013, 01:45 PM
 
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What branch of the military was he in? What division, etc.? I can go to the veterans club in the area.
This is all I see right now.
Donald Ward born 1913, age 27, from the United States World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946. It also says he enlisted in Pittsburgh in November 1943, was married and had two years of college, so yes there may be a yearbook from high school.
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Old 12-26-2013, 01:51 PM
 
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He isn't listed on the WWII memorial for Green County. The OP thinks he's from Canonsburg, which is Washington County.

Okay, southwestern Pennsylvania isn't a big place. We should be able to figure out where he went to school.

Anything we can find showing where he was born, where he lived, etc. prior to enlisting in the military will be helpful.
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Old 12-26-2013, 02:04 PM
 
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Greene County was where he lived in 1940. I think he died in the Battle of the Bulge along with close to 19,000 other Americans. That battle last only about 5 weeks. There should be Facebook pages with relatives of those who died in that battle. He had army buddies.

This is in conflict with the posts that indicates Donald was not born a Ward.
"According to Louise Anna Nikonowicz ... Donald's parents were John Jr. and Pearl Ward."
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Old 12-26-2013, 02:24 PM
 
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When looking for school records, I'll look for Donald Ward and Donald Loughman. Since the OP thinks he's from Canonsburg, and he's not listed on the WWII memorials in Green County, I'm going to start with Washington County. I'm going to work my way backwards and start with finding which county has him on a memorial. Won't it be a shame if he's not memorialized here? As for army buddies, I'd like to find out which division he was in. It will be easier to find survivors who knew him if we could get specifics on his platoon, etc.
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Old 12-26-2013, 02:31 PM
 
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She says he died on November 16, 1944, but the Battle of the Bulge started on December 16th, 1944.
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There's a lot of information in the first post if you scroll down after clicking on the link.
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Old 12-26-2013, 03:10 PM
 
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Perry, Greene, PA in 1930. Age 17.
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Old 12-26-2013, 03:18 PM
 
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On the Graham family tree in Ancestry, if you click on Mary Ellen, there is a note from the 7th child saying she is her sister and has been looking for her. She leaves a phone number. But the tree is not by Mary Ellen, it just has her in it. No response is apparent.
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Old 12-26-2013, 03:21 PM
 
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There's a lot of information in the first post if you scroll down after clicking on the link.
Thanks. Missed that. His memorial must be in Washington County since that's where his wife lived when he died.

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Perry, Greene, PA in 1930. Age 17.
Oh, good. That means high school was probably in Green County. If he didn't go to Pitt for college, he may have gone to Washington Jefferson or Waynesburg. It will be interesting to find out what the did for the steel company since he had two years of college. His employer is called Universal Stainless & Alloy Products, Inc. today.

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Old 12-26-2013, 06:49 PM
 
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She says he died on November 16, 1944, but the Battle of the Bulge started on December 16th, 1944.
I described the photo from the above link of the cemetery to a relative who served in World War 2.
He said it looked like the Battle of the Bulge since so many servicemen died in the short battle.
However that link says he died in Germany. The Battle of the Bulge may not be correct.

That link does give the name of his unit and there might be a Facebook page for them.
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I did find the names of some people who lived with Helen Louise McMillan in Ecorse Michigan. I'll send these to Benedikte and it will be new names to search for since they lived with Louise McMillan for some periof of time.
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Donald was a member of the 4th Infantry.
http://www.combatreels.com/4th_infantry_division.cfm

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