Group to Colonel Russell Ward, New York National Guard/7th Infantry Division
Group to Colonel Russell R. Ward: Mexican Border Service Medal, numbered “36502″;, wrap brooch; American Defense Service Medal, with star; American Campaign Medal; Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal; World War II Victory Medal; Army Occupation Medal, clasp “Japan”; New York Mexican Border Service Medal, numbered “7457″ (ribbon heavily worn at the brooch); New York World War I Service Medal, numbered “36528″- (each of the medals has a spot of adhesive residue from having been framed at some time). With a set of ribbon bars with the addition of an Armed Forces Reserve Medal (2 hour glass devices) and Philippine Liberation Medal. With a bullion Distinguished Unit Citation, a 7th Infantry Division patch and an 8th Army patch. Plus, a studio portrait of Ward as a first lieutenant (c.1918) and an undated news clipping with a photo of Ward, referencing him giving a talk to the Reserve Officers of Syracuse about mechanized infantry. Col Ward was from Cazenovia, New York.
Col Ward was born 6 June 1893 and died 31 October 1967. From 1936 through December 1941, he commanded the 301st Cavalry Regiment. He retired as a colonel in 1953 and is buried in Arlington National Cemetery. Ward received federal Mexican Border Service Medal “267” as a first lieutenant, so this is a later replacement.