Interviewed 17 April 1991
Phil Ward was born March 10, 1926, and grew up in Mace, Indiana. He attended New Ross High School. Ward enlisted in the Marines two days before his eighteenth birthday. He served in Japan and fought in the battle for Iwo Jima. He was among the Marines who raised the first American flag on Mount Suribachi. He served three tours of duty in the Army after World War II. After his death in 2005, Phil Ward Boulevard in Crawfordsville was named in his honor.