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Commerce in Jackson County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Mike Ward

Helicopter Pilot in War and Peace

 
 
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Photographed By Darren Jefferson Clay, August 29, 2021
1. Mike Ward Marker
Inscription.  

Dedicated to Nicholson Georgia native and career helicopter pilot in war and peace
Mike Ward
1970-71 Mike flew the famous Huey Helicopter for the U.S. Army in Vietnam as Chief Warrant Office and Medivac Helicopter Pilot

A decorated Hero, Mr. Ward received:
U.S. Army Commendation Medal - 1970
Distinguished Flying Cross - 1970
The Bronze Star - 1971
Distinguished Flying Cross - 1971

Reverse:
In Honor of Nicholson's Courageous Fire Fighting Helicopter Pilot
Mike Ward
After flying for the Army, Mike Ward flew for WSB Radio and 11 Alive TV in the 1970's and 80's. He flew for Helicopter Express flying fire fighting helicopters from 1994 - 2004 for the U.S. Forestry Service. On August 11, 2004 Mr. Ward perished unloading fire fighting equipment in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness Area in Wenatchee, Washington
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Air & SpaceWar, Vietnam. In addition, it is included in the Valor in Aerial Operations series list.
 
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6.964′ N, 83° 25.805′ W. Marker is in Commerce, Georgia, in Jackson County. Marker is on Lakeview Drive west of Mulberry Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 11 Lakeview Drive, Commerce GA 30529, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Nicholson, Georgia (within shouting distance of this marker); Antioch United Methodist Church (approx. 2.6 miles away); Home of Governor L.G. Hardman (approx. 6.1 miles away); Jackson County Troops Monument (approx. 8.2 miles away); Dr. Crawford W. Long and Anesthesia for Surgery (approx. 8.2 miles away); Crawford Long Monument (approx. 8.2 miles away); Lest We Forget (approx. 8.2 miles away); Jackson County War Memorial (approx. 8.3 miles away).
 
Mike Ward Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Darren Jefferson Clay, August 29, 2021
2. Mike Ward Marker
Mike Ward Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Darren Jefferson Clay, August 29, 2021
3. Mike Ward Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 4, 2021. It was originally submitted on September 21, 2021, by Darren Jefferson Clay of Duluth, Georgia. This page has been viewed 175 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 21, 2021, by Darren Jefferson Clay of Duluth, Georgia. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.

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