Coast Guard Heroes: Robert G. Ward

Coast Guard Heroes: Robert G. Ward

Ward served as coxswain of a landing craft in the first wave, in the landing operations against the enemy on Cotentin Peninsula. Ward successfully landed his troop personnel despite heavy enemy opposition. Upon retracting from the beach, he observed the stranded crews from two other landing craft whose boats had been destroyed by enemy mortar fire. Ward returned to the beach, took off both crews despite continued shelling, and returned safely with them to his ship.


Remembering D-Day’s Coast Guard heroes

On June 6, 1944, Allied forces began the largest amphibious invasion of all time on the coast of France at Normandy. D-Day saw 160,000 troops land at Omaha Beach thanks to nearly 200,000 naval and merchant marine personnel on approximately […]