From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Ward Dickey '26

Date of birth: August 11, 1903

Date of death: October 12, 1945

Age: 42

Lucky Bag

From the 1926 Lucky Bag:


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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:

Unit: MAG-33

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


"Eagle Mountain Lake Marine Air Station. Commanding officer of Aircraft Group 33 and his staff. Front row, left to right, Commander Wadley R. Glenn, United States Naval Reserve; Lieutenant Colonel James L. Beam, Colonel Ward E. Dickey, United States Marine Corps; Lieutenant Colonel Eschol M. Mallory, and Major Hugh B. Calahan. Back row, left to right, Captain Sanford M. Stoddard, Captain Harry B. Cannon, Captain Malcom Anderson, and Captain Richard Kilbourne." April 6, 1944

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

Class of 1926

Ward is one of 36 members of the Class of 1926 on Virtual Memorial Hall.