EVERETT V. ALWARD, MAJ, USMC
Everett Alward '41
Date of birth: November 20, 1917
Date of death: February 26, 1945
From the 1941 Lucky Bag:
Everett was lost when his aircraft was shot down near Tokyo on February 25, 1945.
From Hall of Valor:
The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Major Everett Vyron Alward (MCSN: 0-7174), United States Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity as Commanding Officer of Marine Fighting Squadron ONE HUNDRED TWENTY-THREE (VMF-123), attached to the U.S.S. BENNINGTON (CV-20) operating against enemy Japanese forces in the Tokyo Area, 25 February 1945. Undaunted by reduced visibility and intense blasts from nearby shore batteries, Major Alward boldly countered intercepting hostile air patrols to launch an aggressive and determined strike on a large enemy cargo ship, braving concentrated anti-aircraft fire from the target to press home repeated attacks which severely damaged the vessel and set it ablaze. When his formation was attacked by a numerically superior force of aircraft, Major Alward courageously rallied his flight and skillfully fought off the Japanese until his plane was rendered inoperable. His able leadership and indomitable courage were contributing factors in the success of our mission in this vital theater of war, and his unwavering devotion to duty was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
General Orders: Commander in Chief, Pacific: Serial 03026 (December 11, 1945)
Action Date: February 25, 1945
Service: Marine Corps
Battalion: Marine Fighting Squadron 123 (VMF-123)
Division: U.S.S. Bennington (CV-20)
The "Register of Commissioned and Warrant Officers of the United States Navy and Marine Corps" was published annually from 1815 through at least the 1970s; it provided rank, command or station, and occasionally billet until the beginning of World War II when command/station was no longer included. Scanned copies were reviewed and data entered from the mid-1840s through 1922, when more-frequent Navy Directories were available.
The Navy Directory was a publication that provided information on the command, billet, and rank of every active and retired naval officer. Single editions have been found online from January 1915 and March 1918, and then from three to six editions per year from 1923 through 1940; the final edition is from April 1941.
The entries in both series of documents are sometimes cryptic and confusing. They are often inconsistent, even within an edition, with the name of commands; this is especially true for aviation squadrons in the 1920s and early 1930s.
Alumni listed at the same command may or may not have had significant interactions; they could have shared a stateroom or workspace, stood many hours of watch together… or, especially at the larger commands, they might not have known each other at all. The information provides the opportunity to draw connections that are otherwise invisible, though, and gives a fuller view of the professional experiences of these alumni in Memorial Hall.
2nd Lieutenant, Marine Corps Schools, Marine Barracks, Navy Yard, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania