Lorne S. Ward was born March 29, 1912 to Charlie and Jenny Ward in Minneapolis, MN. Charlie was the son of British immigrants from York and worked as a painter and decorator at 3M. Lorne grew up with one sister Elaine, graduated from Marshall High School in Minneapolis, and went on to study at the University of Minnesota.
After graduating from the R.O.T.C and with a degree in education from the University, Lorne started working in administration at the High School in Norwood Young America, MN. He met Milly at a dance one night in Appleton and as the boy from the big city, swept her off her feet (we won’t go into the details of Milly being engaged to another man at the time!). Milly and Lorne were eventually married in 1938 and Milly moved to Norwood Young America where Lorne was to become principal of the High School.
Life for the newlyweds wasn’t all rosy. They lived in an old hospital building that had running water only when the windmill turned. In December 1940, four months after their daughter Susan was born, Lorne volunteered for duty in the Philippine Islands. He was ordered instead to report to Schofield Barracks in Hawaii as the First Lieutenant, Commanding Anti-Tank Platoon, Headquarters Co., 35 Infantry.