From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Thomas Ward, Jr. '03

Date of birth: January 2, 1883

Date of death: April 13, 1904

Age: 21

Lucky Bag

From the 1903 Lucky Bag:


Thomas was lost on April 13, 1904 when the port 12" gun in the aft turret aboard Missouri (Battleship No. 11) flared backwards, ignited three propellant charges, and started a fire. Thirty-five others were also lost.

He is buried in the Naval Academy Cemetery next to his classmate, William Neumann '03, who was also lost in this incident. Thomas was survived by his parents, a brother, and two sisters.

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In addition to William Neumann '03, William Davidson '95 and Ernest Weichert '99 were also lost.

Memorial Hall Error

Thomas was a midshipman when he was lost. However, his classmate William Neumann '03 was also lost in this incident and is listed in Memorial Hall as an Ensign. Seems unlikely that one was given a posthumous promotion while the other was ignored.

Class of 1903

Thomas is one of 5 members of the Class of 1903 on Virtual Memorial Hall.