Ward, Alfred Gustave, ADM

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Last Rank
Last Primary NEC
111X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Surface Warfare
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1965-1968, 111X, North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)
Service Years
1932 - 1968

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Home Town
Mobile, Alabama
Last Address
Perryville, Maryland

Date of Passing
Apr 03, 1982
Location of Interment
U.S. Naval Academy Cemetery - Annapolis, Maryland
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US Navy Retired 30

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Alfred Gustave Ward was born in Mobile, Alabama, 29 November 1908, son of Mrs. C.T. Hamilton and the late B.E. Ward. He graduated from the US Naval Academy and was commissioned Ensign, US Navy, 2 June 1932. He graduated from Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a Master of Science Degree in electrical engineering in June 1940. He graduated from the Naval War College in 1954. He was promoted to Read Admiral on 1 August 1957; to Vice Admiral on 1 August 1961 and to Admiral on 27 March 1965.

Prior to and during World War II, Admiral Ward served afloat in battleships, cruisers, and destroyers. Following World War II, prior to selection to flag rank, Admiral Ward served in various destroyer command and staff billets. Since promotion to flag rank Admiral Ward held significant command and planning assignments as Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Plans and Policy and Deputy Director of Naval Operations for Fleet Operations and Readiness. His most historic assignment was as Commander, US Second Fleet. In this assignment he commanded United States forces which enforced the Cuban quarantine in October of 1962. Admiral Ward was awarded the Bronze Star Medal and subsequently a Gold Star in lieu of a second award for duty in World War II on board the USS North Carolina. He was awarded the Legion of Merit for duty as Commander, United States Second Fleet during the Cuban quarantine operations. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal for duty as Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Plans and Policy and Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Fleet Operations.

Admiral Ward had duty as United States Representative to the NATO Military Committee in Washington, DC, and upon its relocation in Brussels, Belgium, from 1 April 1965 until relieved of active duty pending his retirement, effective 1 August 1968. "For exceptionally meritorious service..." in that capacity, he was awarded a Gold Star in lieu of the Second Distinguished Service Medal.

In addition to the above awards, Admiral Ward had the Navy Commendation Medal; American Defense Service Medal; American Campaign Medal; Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal; World War II Victory Medal; Navy Occupation Service Medal, Asia Clasp; China Service Medal; National Defense Service Medal with bronze star; and the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (Cuba).


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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
US NavyNROTC (Staff)NAVSTA Brooklyn NYUSS Hollister (DD-788)
Commander, Cruiser-Destroyer Force, Pacific FleetCommander, Naval Surface Force, Atlantic (COMNAVSURFLANT)Naval War College (Staff)CNO - OPNAV
COMPHIBRON 8, Commander Amphibious Group Two (COMPHIBGRU 2)Commander-in-Chief, US Atlantic Fleet (CINCLANTFLT)Cruiser Destroyer Group  1, Commander, Naval Surface Force, Pacific (COMNAVSURFPAC)Commander Naval Amphibious Forces Atlalntic (COMPHIBLANT)
COMSECONDFLTNorth Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)
  1932-1937, 111X, USS Northampton (CA-26)
  1937-1938, 111X, USS Perry (DD-340)
  1938-1940, 111X, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) NROTC (Cadre)
  1940-1941, 111X, NAVSTA Brooklyn NY
  1941-1945, 111X, USS North Carolina (BB-55)
  1944-1945, 111X, Naval Gun Factory, Washington Navy Yard
  1945-1946, 111X, USS Hollister (DD-788)
  1947-1948, 111X, Commander, Cruiser-Destroyer Force, Pacific Fleet
  1948-1950, 111X, Naval Gun Factory, Washington Navy Yard
  1950-1951, 111X, Commander, Naval Surface Force, Atlantic (COMNAVSURFLANT)
  1953-1954, 111X, Naval War College (Staff)
  1954-1956, 111X, Strategic Studies Group (SSG), CNO - OPNAV
  1956-1957, 111X, COMPHIBRON 8, Commander Amphibious Group Two (COMPHIBGRU 2)
  1957-1959, 111X, Commander-in-Chief, US Atlantic Fleet (CINCLANTFLT)
  1959-1960, 111X, Cruiser Destroyer Group 1, Commander, Naval Surface Force, Pacific (COMNAVSURFPAC)
  1961-1962, 111X, Commander Naval Amphibious Forces Atlalntic (COMPHIBLANT)
  1962-1963, 111X, COMSECONDFLT
  1963-1964, 111X, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations (DCNO). (Warfare Requirements and Programs) (N7), CNO - OPNAV
  1964-1965, 111X, DCNO (Operations), Vice Chief of Naval Operations (VCNO)
  1965-1968, 111X, North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1962-1962 Cold War Event - Cuban Blockade
 Colleges Attended 
United States Naval AcademyMassachusetts Institute of TechnologyNaval War College
  1928-1932, United States Naval Academy
  1938-1940, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  1953-1954, Naval War College
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