Lance signed in the Marine Corps after Tahlequah High School graduation. Out of the naive concept of defending America by charging beaches. He put his name on the line at the Muskogee Recruiting Office on the "buddy program.” His “buddy” never showed. He served five years on 1st Force Recon and during his service he was able to visit over two dozen countries and says there are super great people everywhere. (Some even saved him from death). Lance says, “always been the best thing that he ever did was joining the Corps” Discipline made his life better. He served in the 1st Gulf War.
Tahlequah Proudly honors Lance Ward who served as a 1st Force Reconnaissance in the United States Marine Corps from 1986-1991.