Pine Knot in McCreary County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
Edward "Eddie" Ward
Born in Pine Knot, Ky. on Nov. 23, 1881. Enlisted in U.S. Army, 1901. In 1907, Cpl. Ward was assigned by the Signal Officer to take charge of "all matters pertaining to military ballooning, air machines, and all kindred subjects." He became first non-commissioned officer of what evolved into the present aviation branch of the U.S. Army.
Bluegrass Chapter, Army Aviation Assoc. of America
When serving in Va., he helped uncrate the Wright Bros. plane when it arrived for trials in 1908. After promotion to sergeant, Ward became engineer of U.S. Army Dirigible No. 1, Ft. Omaha. Later, he served in Signal Corps in Alaska & Philippines. Return to U.S., 1914. Commissioned as first lieutenant at start of WWI. He died Jan. 7, 1965 & is buried in Dayton, Ohio.
Erected 2009 by Kentucky Historical Society/Kentucky Department of Highways. (Marker Number 2300.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Air & Space • War, World IKentucky Historical Society series list. A significant historical month for this entry is January 1817.
Location. 36° 39.745′ N, 84° 26.373′ W. Marker is in Pine Knot, Kentucky, in McCreary County. Marker is at the intersection of U.S. 27 and Old U.S. 27 (State Highway 92), on the right when traveling south on U.S. 27. Marker is just north of the pedestrian overpass bridge across US 27 near the school. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Pine Knot KY 42635, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 14 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Princess Cornblossom (approx. 3.4 miles away); Tennessee / Kentucky (approx. 4.6 miles away in Tennessee); First Kentucky Oil Well / Martin Beaty (Beatty) (approx. 4.7 miles away); McCreary County, 1912 (approx. 4.7 miles away); Cumberland Falls MoonBow (approx. 13.3 miles away); CCC at Cumberland Falls (approx. 13½ miles away); Civilian Conservation Corps (approx. 13½ miles away); Kiwanis Trail (approx. 13½ miles away).
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