Searching for relatives of Donald Ward

Searching for relatives of Donald Ward

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Benedikte Gijsbregs


#1 Feb 20, 2012

My name is Benedikte Gijsbregs, I’m teaching Dutch and history at a secondary school in Belgium. I am writing you because of my search for people in your area.

Because of my interests in World War II, I adopted the grave of an American soldier, Donald Ward (+ 16 Nov. 1944), at the military cemetery at Henri-Chapelle in Belgium. I think this is a great way to pay tribute to our liberators, to help ensure that the sacrifices they made will be not forgotten. Since I was assigned to the grave, I searched for more information about Donald because it is my wish to locate relatives and contact them. I recently got the information that he was survived by two daughters who probably grew up in Ecorse, Michigan. Their mother Louise Helen Ward remarried in 1948, her name changed to McMillan and the family moved from Canonsburg to Ecorse. The names of Donald’s daughters are Donna Sue Ward, born 4 November 1940 and Mary Ellen Ward, born 2 January 1944. Their last known address was 58 West Glenwood Ecorse, Michigan.

Is there any possibility that you could do an appeal to trace Donna Sue and Mary Ellen Ward? It would mean a lot to me. Every time I visit the grave of their father I wonder how he lived, what kind of person he was, how he looked like. I would be so happy to have a picture of him, so I can give "my" soldier a face.

I hope my letter gets your attention. I add a summary of relevant information below.I hope my questions will be answered some day. Thank you so much for your time.


Benedikte Gijsbregs

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Donald Ward

Army Serial number: 33709983
Unit: K. Company, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division
Born: 15 April 1913 Place: State:
Died: 16 Nov 1944 Place: Hürtgen Forrest, Germany
Date of final Burial: at: American Military Cemetery Henri-Chapelle (Belgium)
Location: Plot: G. Row: 13. Grave: 37.
Wife: Louise Helen Ward
Daugthers: Donna Sue Born: 4 November 1940 and Mary Ellen Born: 2 Januari 1944
Address: 501 South Central Avenue, Canonsburg, PA
Grand-Mother: Lena Ward
Last known address: 281 Baird Avenue, Washington, PA
Half-Brother: John Wolfe
Last Known Address: 435½ Baird Avenue, Washington, PA
Wife Remarried:(1948) Louise Helen McMillan
New Address: 58 West Glenwood Ecorse, Michigan

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