- Associated Press - Saturday, March 26, 2016

GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) - The son of a World War I hero will receive medals his father earned almost 100 years ago.

At an 11 a.m. ceremony Tuesday at U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran’s office, Frank G. Ward’s son, Francis, will receive the Distinguished Service Cross, the Purple Heart and French Fourragere.

The Sun Herald reports (https://bit.ly/1ZBkY5P ) the awards will be presented by Cochran’s Chief of Staff Keith Heard at the office at the U.S. Courthouse in Gulfport.

Cochran’s offices, in a news release, said it worked with the Army to help Francis Ward recover the service medals earned by his father.

The Distinguished Service Cross was awarded in 1918 after Ward, a private in Company D of the First Engineers, displayed “heroic bravery” during action at Cantigny, France, on May 28, 1918.


Information from: The Sun Herald, https://www.sunherald.com

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