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.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Kentucky Historical Society marker series.
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 Touch for map. Marker is just north of the pedestrian overpass bridge across US 27 near the school. Marker is in this post office area: Pine Knot KY 42635, United States of America.
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); Civilian Conservation Corps (approx. 13½ miles away); CCC at Cumberland Falls (approx. 13½ miles away); Kiwanis Trail (approx. 13½ miles away).
Categories. • Air & Space • Military • Notable Persons •
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