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Orlando Ward, American army officer. Awarded Distinguished Service Cross, Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster, Silver Star with oak leaf cluster, Purple Heart, Distinguished Service Medal, Bronze Star Medal. member, then president Confidential Personnel Board, 1946.


Ward, Orlando was born on November 4, 1891 in Macon, Missouri, United States. Son of Ethelbert and Ada (Smith) Ward.


Bachelor of Science, United States Military Academy, West Point, New York, 1914. Attended Field Artillery School, 1923-1924. Distinguished graduated from Command and General staff schedul, 1925-1926.

Attended Army War College, 1936, Army General Staff College, Langres, France, 1919. Doctor of Science (honorary), University of Denver, 1946.


Commissioned Second lieutenant, Cavalry, United States Army, advanced through ranks to major general, 1942. Served on Mexican border and with Punitive Expedition in Mexico, 1916-1917. Transferred Field Artillery, 1917, in 10th Field Artillery, 3d Division, France, Army of Occupation, Germany, 1917-1919.

On R.O.T.C. duty, University of Wisconsin, 1919-1923. Fort Forest Engineer Warren, Wyoming, 1926-1929. General staff, Philippines, 1929-1931.

Instructor and director, gunnery department, Fort Sill, Oklahoma, 1931-1935. Commanding 1st Batln., 83d Field Artillery, Fort Benning, Georgia, 1936-1938. On General Staff, War Department, 1938-1941.

Secretary General Staff, 1939-1941. Brig. and commanding general 1st Armored Division, Fort Knox, Kentucky, 1941-1942. Commanding general 1st Armored Division, 1942-1943.

Commanding general Tank Destroyer Center, Camp Hood, Texas, June 1943-January 1944. Commandant Field Artillery School, Fort Sill, Oklahoma, January-October, 1944. Commanding general 20th Armored Division, Germany, October 1944-July 1945.

Commanding Infantry Advanced Replacement Training Center, Camp Gordon, Georgia, 1945. With War Dependency Board, Washington, 1945. Member, then president Confidential Personnel Board, 1946.

Commanding V Corps, Fort Jackson, South Carolina., 1946, Replacement School Command, Fort Bragg, North Carolina, 1946. In command of 6th Division, Korea, 1946-1949. Chief historical div., Department of the Army 1949-1953.


Member, then president Confidential Personnel Board, 1946.


Married Edith Hanington, June 16, 1915. Children: Katherine Hanington (deceased), Edith Hanington, Ada Smith.

Ethelbert Ward

Ada (Smith) Ward

Edith Hanington

Katherine Hanington Ward (deceased)

Edith Hanington Ward

Ada Smith Ward