“Forever Loved, Never Forgotten”

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A native of California, Brandon A. Ward began his Naval Service on April 26, 2007. After completion of Basic Training Brandon attended Hospital Corpsman “A” school.

After graduation In November 2007, Brandon transferred to Naval Hospital, Bremerton, Washington. While there he advanced to Petty Officer 3rd Class.

In March 2010, Brandon reported to Camp Pendleton, California.  While stationed there he achieved the Navy Enlisted Classification of “Fleet Marine Force Corpsman.”

During his tour at Pendleton, Brandon “DOC” successfully completed the necessary rigorous requirements to earn his “Enlisted Fleet Marine Force Warfare Specialist” designation, as well as advancing to 2nd Class Petty Officer.

Brandon died December 22, 2017 in Jacksonville, North Carolina while he was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.

Brandon was posthumously promoted to the rank of Petty Officer 1st Class, as of December 24, 2017.