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LCPL Eric Levi Ward

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LCPL Eric Levi Ward

  • Birth 17 Aug 1990 Fairfax, Fairfax County, Virginia, USA
  • Death 21 Feb 2010 Helmand, Afghanistan
  • Burial Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA
  • Plot Section 60, Site 9068
  • Memorial ID 48627037

Marine Lance Cpl Ward was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina as a machine gunner. He was killed while supporting combat operations. Eric came from a long line of Marines so it was no surprise when he called his parents from a recruiter's office and wanted to sign up. The only snag was he was just 17 so he had to get his mom to sign the papers for him to enlist. Eric graduated from Mount Si High School in Snoqualmie, Washington in 2008 and in less than two years he had risen to the rank of Lance Corporal. In October he was sent to Afghanistan and earned the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, NATO International Security Assistance Force Medal and the Purple Heart, posthumously. Eric was the kind of man who always kept his fellow Marines laughing no matter how difficult the situation. He had such a joy of life that others could not help but be affected in a positive way. Besides his humor, Eric was known for his athletic ability and giving nature. Each year while in school, he would buy extra school supplies to give to those who were unable to buy their own. This proud but kind young man with the piercing blue eyes also thought of his fellow Marines. Eric told his folks about how some of the guys were less fortunate than him. Not all of them came from a strong, loving and supportive family so he wanted to help them. Eric told his dad, "Some of these guys don't have everything they need." He enlisted his family in helping him get much needed gear for his brother Marines.

  • Created by: Brenda N
  • Added: 23 Feb 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 48627037
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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for LCPL Eric Levi Ward (17 Aug 1990–21 Feb 2010), Find A Grave Memorial no. 48627037, citing Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by Brenda N (contributor 46490312) .