The Biloxi son of a World War I hero will receive medals earned almost 100 years ago.
At a ceremony at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Sen. Thad Cochran's office, Frank G. Ward's son Francis will receive the Distinguished Service Cross, the Purple Heart and French Fourragere. The awards will be presented by Cochran's Chief of Staff Keith Heard at the office at the U.S. Courthouse in Gulfport.
Ward also earned the Italian War Merit Cross, though this award is not issued by the Department of the Army.
Cochran's offices worked with the Army to help Francis Ward recover the service medals earned by his father during his combat service during WWI, according to a release from Cocharn's office. The Distinguished Service Cross was awarded in 1918 after Ward, a private in Company D of the First Engineers, displayed "heroic bravery" during a combat action at Cantigny, France, on May 28, 1918.