WARD E. DICKEY, COL, USMC
Ward Dickey '26
Date of birth: August 11, 1903
Date of death: October 12, 1945
From the 1926 Lucky Bag:
Ward died on October 12, 1945 of a heart attack while serving as the Chief of Staff, 2nd Marine Air Wing, in Okinawa.
Ward is buried in Pennsylvania. He was survived by his wife and daughter.
His grandson, in 2005: From Korean War Educator:
Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER
Comments: I am the grandson of Col. Ward E. Dickey, who commanded MAG-33 from its inception at Cherry Point. His daughter, Dolores, who was with him at Pearl on Dec. 7th, would like nothing more than to hear from or know of someone who may have served with her father in 1944. Major George F. Axtell's Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMF) 323, the Death Rattlers, was part of this Group, as well. Thank you. Rob Baxter Jr., August 12, 2005
Ward's command, MAG-33, recorded 214 air-to-air kills while operating from and in the vicinity of Okinawa.
Legion of Merit
From Hall of Valor:
(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Ward E. Dickey (MCSN: 0-4092), United States Marine Corps, was awarded the Legion of Merit for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services to the Government of the United States in the Pacific Theater of Operations during the period from 4 April through 1 July 1945.
Service: Marine Corps
General Orders: Heroes U.S. Marine Corps, 1861 - 1955: Jane Blakeney
Memorial Hall Error
Heart attack is not a criteria for inclusion in Memorial Hall.