Hello Ms. Ridgard,
Here is some information I had found. Also found were he is buried. please follow link below.
Name: Hugh Ward Gender: Male Birth Date: 17 Oct 1934 Death Date: 27 May 2000 Cause of Death: Natural Branch 1: NAVY Enlistment Date 1: 18 Aug 1958 Release Date 1: 17 Aug 1962
Hope this helps,
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We suggest that you request a copy of his Official Military Personnel File (OMPF). OMPFs and medical records of enlisted men and officers of the U.S. Navy who were separated from the service after 1957 and prior to January 31, 1994 are located at NARA's National Personnel Records Center (NPRC), (Military Personnel Records), 1 Archives Drive, St. Louis, MO 63138-1002. To request these records, please mail a completed GSA Standard Form 180 to NPRC. If there is any information requested by the form that you do not know, you may leave it blank or provide estimates. However, the more information you provide, the easier it will be for NPRC staff to locate the correct file. Certain information in the records is not available to the general public without the written consent of the veteran’s next of kin. For more information see Request Military Service Records.
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