EVERETT V. ALWARD, MAJ, USMC

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Birthdate & Date of Loss

Date of birth: November 20, 1917
Date of death: February 26, 1945
Age: 27

Lucky Bag

1941 Alward LB.jpg

From the 1941 Lucky Bag:

EVERETT VYRON ALWARD

Morgan Hill, Calif.

We don't know whether it was the foreign air of Canada in his youth or the mountain sunshine of California later that did the trick, but suffice to say, Al's a pretty fine specimen. Except for an occasional Morgan Hill Bugle, we hear little of California and the old hometown. Maybe it's a small place or maybe it's just his philosophy to live for the present. Studies and marks don't bother him too much since he'd rather get by and spend the excess time reading and figuring out the practical side of things. Always either laughing and carrying on a bull session or in one of his silent moods which express his displeasure usually at you, music, or irresponsible plebes, Al has developed an independence which along with his fine physique has made him one of those magazine "he-men." Batt wrestling in the winter, crew in the spring, and year-around dragging of the O. A. O., who lives conveniently close, rounded out his full schedule of life within those four gray walls.

‘'Boxing 4; Crew 4, 3, 2; Battalion Wrestling 3, 2; Hop Committee 1.

The Class of 1941 was the first of the wartime-accelerated classes, graduating in February 1941.

Loss

Everett was lost when his aircraft was shot down near Tokyo on February 25, 1945.

He was survived by his wife and a young son.

Silver Star

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
Rank: Major
Battalion: Marine Fighting Squadron 123 (VMF-123)
Division: U.S.S. Bennington (CV-20)


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Class of 1941
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