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In this interview, Judge Hiram H. Ward, born in Thomasville, N.C., in 1923, discusses his service during World War II in the U.S. Army Air Corps and his experiences as a pilot fighting the Japanese. He describes being wounded when his plane was shot down and he goes on to share memories of going to Wake Forest University and Wake Forest School of Law for college and law school. Judge Ward discusses working in Washington, D.C., for the National Production Authority and then moving to Lexington, N.C., where he practiced law for twenty-two years. He reflects on a few of the notable cases he tried in civil and criminal practice including Erlanger Mills v. Cohoes Fibre [239 F.2d 502 (4th Cir. 1956)], and then talks about the different experiences he faced when he was appointed judge for the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina by President Richard M. Nixon. He concludes by discussing his interest in history, government, and politics.

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