September, 2009
(Brigadier General) Ezell Ware, Jr. - Featured Vet for August, 2009

Featured Veteran
(Brigadier General) Ezell Ware, Jr.

Branches of Service: US Army, US Marine Corps, California Army National Guard
Era: Korea, Viet Nam
MOS: Aviation Warrant Officer
Combat Helicopter Gunship Pilot
Medals: Legion of Merit
Meritorious Service Medal with 3 Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters
Air Medal with 12 Oak Leaf Clusters
Army Commendation Medal with "V" device
Republic of Vietnam Campaign medal with 1960 Device
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (Korea)
Army Campaign Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters
Humanitarian Service Medal
Army Service Ribbon Overseas Service Ribbon
U.S. Army Pilot Wings
National Guard Recruiting Badge
Armed Forces Reserve Medal with 2 Hourglass Devices
National Defense Service Medal with Bronze Star Device
Order of California
...and numerous federal and state awards, and resolutions

General Ware resigned and retired from the military on May 1, 2003. His 41-year military career includes: four years of active duty in the U.S. Marine Corps; seven years in the U. S. Army and thirty years in the California Army National Guard. Ware's last assignment was as Chief Assistant Adjutant for the California National Guard, which expires December 31st, 2011.

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Photographs by Peggy Fontenot