SPC Christian Ward

Christian was born on the 26 January 1996 in Marietta, Ohio. He attended Fort Frye Local Schools from 2003-2012. After his family relocated to North Carolina, Christian graduated from West Iredell High School. He was a member of the ROTC program, which led him to join the Army in 2015. Chris was deployed to Bulgaria and Romania, and it was there that he displayed his selfless character: he spent most of his free time at a nearby orphanage. Chris’ mentoring and acting as a role model left his impression there, as he fixed broken bicycles and left innumerable gifts, which included a new collection of books. Chris was promoted to Specialist and advanced to crew chief on an UH-60 Black Hawk Medi Vac. (Dust Off). His military awards include the following: Aviation Badge, Army Good Conduct Ribbon, National Defense Service Ribbon, Army Service the Ribbon, Army Commendation Ribbon with Oak leaf cluster, and Global war on terrorism ribbon.

Christian’s death was on 28 June 2019, but part of him lives on as he gave the ultimate gift of life as an organ donor. His heart went to a 17-year-old kid. A United States Veteran received Chris’ liver and one kidney. Another unknown person also received a kidney. We believe the selfless actions Christian displayed at the age of twenty-three far surpass most people. Without his forethought, other lives would have been lost with his death. Christian is missed deeply by his family, who are proud of his selfless character both in life and in death.