He enlisted in the USAAF in Erie, Pennsylvania, on 12 March 1943. After enlisting in the USAAF, he was trained to maintain and operate the radio equipment on the B-24 Liberator. He earned his crewman wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 8 May 1945 a B-24J, # 42-73436, assigned to 14th Air Force, 308th Bomb Group, Dergaon, India, departed the airfield at Dergaon on a flight to Chengtu, China, through the Himalayan mountain range (the Hump). Last contact was by radio at abot 1050 Zulu near Paoshan, China. Wreckage of the B-24 crashed and exploded when it fell into a river. The bodies of the navigator and radio operator were recovered and buried about ½ mile southeast of Pawngen, Burma at 25° 47’ North & 98° 12’ East (military map coordinates NY9803). After recovery of remains from the crash site, which were indistinguishable and included two remains which were unidentifiable, the remains of Ward, Ferguson, Landstreet and Weaver, were buried in a group funeral ceremony in the Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia, on 15 March 1950 (Sec.34, Grave 4870).