Godwin Ordway, Jr. was born 11 April 1901 and died on 25 November 1966. He was buried in Section 1 of Arlington National Cemetery, directly in front of Albert Ordway, Brigadier General, United States Army (believed to be his grandfather). His wife, Christine Sloan Ordway (24 March 1904-29 September 1984) is buried with him.
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NOTE: His son, Roderic E. Ordway, Colonel, United States Army, died in 2010 and was laid to rest with full military honors in Arlington National Cemetery on 11 January 2011.
WEST POINT CHILDREN AT PLAY DROWN IN POND: GIRL, 4, LOST LIFE TRYING TO SAVE BROTHER
HIGHLAND FALLS, New York -February 5, 1933 – Two children of Lieutenant Godwin Ordway, Jr. of West Point drowned here today in a small pond near their home, Margaret, 4 years old, apparently having lost her life in an effort to save Albert, 7.
In an attempt at resuscitation, rescue squads raced from West Point and from thePalisades Interstate ParkPolice Headquartersat BearMountain and worked over the bodies for two hours.
Lieutenant Ordway, who is attached to the Departmentof Tactics at the Military Academy, and his wife had taken a house on the Herbert Satterlee estate in Highland Falls.
The Ordway children had expressed a desire to play in the snow, which had blanketed thegrounds about their home, and they were permitted to go outdoors.
Just before noon, when the children had been gone about an hour and a half, Lieuetnant and Mrs. Ordway became worried because they had not returned. The father began a search and was led by tracks in the snow to the pond. There he found the bodies in the shallow water.
Called by telephone, the West Point authorities sent a detail of officers and enlisted men in charge of Majors Miner F. Felch and Roland Wolfe, both surgeons.
The InterstatePark Polices crew headed by Captain Ira Crew, with pulmotors and five tanks of oxygen.
Marks on the rocks by the pond and other circumstances led Lieutenant Ordway to believe that one of the children had first slipped on the snow-covered bank and fallen into the water and that the other, in attempting a rescue had been pulled in also.
Major William A. Welch, General Manager of the Palisades InterstatePark System, said the rescue workers believed that the little boy had been in the water longer that his sister.
ORDWAY – Suddenly on February 5, Albert and Margaret Nina, children of Lieuetnant and Mrs. Godwin Ordway, Jr. Funeral Tuesday, Catholic Chapel, West Point, at 10:30. Washington and St. Louis papers please copy.
28 November 1966:
ORDWAY, Colonel Godwin, Jr., U.S.A. Retired, on Friday November 25,1966 at Walter Reed Hospital at 8034 Glendale Road, Chevy Chase, Maryland. Beloved husband of Christine Sloan Ordway; father of Major Godwin Ordway 3rd; Mrs. N. Joseph Roddy; Major Roderic E. Ordway; brother of John Ordway and Mrs. Nancy Ordway Haight. He is also survived by two grandsons. Requiem Mass at Walter Reed Army Chapel, Tuesday, November 29 at 8:45 A.M. Interment at Arlington National Cemetery.
ORDWAY, GODWIN JR
- COL USA
- DATE OF BIRTH: 04/11/1901
- DATE OF DEATH: 11/25/1966
- BURIED AT: SECTION 1 SITE 1267RH
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
ORDWAY, ALBERT SLOAN S/O GODWIN JR
- DATE OF DEATH: 02/05/1933
- BURIED AT: SECTION 8 SITE 59
- US MILITARY ACADEMY
ORDWAY, MARGARET NINA D/O GODWIN JR.
- DATE OF DEATH: 02/03/1933
- BURIED AT: SECTION 8 SITE 58
- US MILITARY ACADEMY
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