We shall not forget

ALLARD BARNWELL HEYWARD

The Citadel Class of: 1931
Cadet Company: B (2), B (1)
Age: 36
Born: 9-Apr-08
Hometown: Charleston, South Carolina
Family: Irvine K. Heyward (father), Nina Heyward (mother), I.K. Heyward, Jr.
(brother), Pauline Heyward (sister), Nina Heyward (sister)
Rank: Lieutenant Commander
Branch of Service: U.S. Navy
Servicenumber: O-100535
Entered the Service from: South Carolina
Function: Commanding Officer
Division: United States Naval Reserve
Squadron: Minesweeper Squadron “A”
Unit: USS Tide (AM-125)
Date of death: 7-Jun-44
Status: MIA / KIA
Place of death: English Channel, Normandy, France
Spot: Cardonet Banks
Awards: Purple Heart
Gravenumber: Tablets of the Missing
Cemetery: Normandy American Cemetery
Biography: Not Available
Other information: Activities – The Dark Horsemen Club
Senior Superlatives – Most Nonchalant
Sources: 1930 Sphinx, 1931 Sphinx

A.B. Heyward of Charleston Missing In Action
Charleston, July 4 -(AP)- Lieutenant Commander Allard Barnwell Heyward, USNR, has been reported missing in
action, according to a message received today by his mother, Mrs. I. K. Heyward.
No details were given in the telegram from the navy department but it is believed Commander Heyward was in
the European theater.
One of Charleston’s most widely known boat enthusiasts, Commander Heyward entered active service with the
navy Jan. 6, 1941, with the rank of junior lieutenant. He served a long tour in the Pacific and was home on
leave some months ago.
– Source: The State, Columbia, S.C., 5 July 1944, p.11.

Lieut. Comdr. Heyward Reported Missing in Action
Lieutenant Commander Allard Barnwell Heyward, U.S.N.R., well-known Charelston yachtsman and canoeist,
has been reported missing in action. It is believed that he was in the European theater of war. The last letters
from him received by his relatives were written about 10 days before D-day.
News that he was missing came yesterday morning in a telegram from the navy department to his mother,
Mrs. I. K. Heyward, of 119 Broad Street.
Commander Heyward was in Charleston on leave several months ago, after serving a tour of duty in the Pacific.
He entered active service with the navy January 6, 1941, and a lieutenant (jg). He was graduated from
the Citadel in 1932.
A member of the Carolina Yacht club, Commander Heyward made many boat trips, including an 11-month
canoe expedition which lasted from April 23, 1936 to March 7, 1937 and carried him some 7,000 miles. On
this trip, during most of which he handled his canoe alone, he went to New York through the inland waterway,
thence up the Hudson river and the Erie canal to Buffalo, through Lakes Erie, Huron and Michigan to Chicago,
down the Illinois and Mississippi rivers to New Orleans, and then, skirting the Gulf coast and round the tip of
Florida, up the Atlantic seaboard to Charleston. The most dangerous part of the voyage was on the Great Lakes,
where there were high winds and heavy breakers.
Accompanied by Cornelius Pinckney, of Mount Pleasant, Commander Heyward made a Caribbean cruise in his
35-foot auxiliary ketch, the May, visiting the Bahamas, Haiti, the Dominican republic and Puerto Rico, before
returning to Charleston after more than five months. One the voyage out, near Beaufort, the May’s boom was
smashed by another yacht, which continued on her way without stopping. When the May dropped anchor in
Biscayne bay, they found the other vessel lying within 100 feet of them, and managed to collect damages.
Commander Heyward is a son of Mrs. I. K. Heyward and the late Mr. Heyward. He has two sisters, Mrs. Hugh
B. King, now in New York, and Mrs. C. R. Dial, of Columbia, and a brother, I. K. Heyward, Jr., of Charleston.
– Source: News and Courier, Charleston, S.C., 5 July 1944, p.12.

“HE WENT DOWN WITH HIS SHIP THE TIDE OFF THE NORMANDY COAST ON D. DAY”
– Source: Text on cenotaph, Magnolia Cemetery, Charleston, S.C.

USS Tide on Wikipedia (includes photos)
Wreck of USS Tide (AM-125) (includes photos and links)

On 5 June, Tide got underway from Tor Bay with Minesweeper Squadron “A”, a unit assigned to the Utah Beach area.
Later that day, German mines began to take their toll as Osprey, a squadron member, went down. As the day wore on,
Tide swept channels off the Normandy beaches for fire-support ships and continued sweeps the next day, “D-Day”.
During the night of 6–7 June, she joined other vessels in guarding the Carentan Estuary to prevent the sally of enemy
E-boats.On the morning of 7 June, Tide swept the area inshore and between Îles Saint-Marcouf and Barfleur to clear
lanes for fire-support ships. At 09:40, while recovering her gear, Tide drifted over the Cardonet Banks and struck a
mine which exploded with such force that she was lifted out of the water. The explosion broke her back, blasted a
tremendous hole in her bottom, and tore away all bulkheads below the waterline causing immediate and irreversible
flooding. Tide’s commanding officer — Lt. Cdr. Allard B. Heyward — died soon after the initial explosion, and Lt. Cdr.
George Crane — the ship’s executive officer — directed efforts to assist the stricken vessel and to rescue survivors.
Threat and Pheasant tried to aid Tide, but the ship was beyond saving. When Swift attempted to tow the damaged
ship to the beach, the strain broke her in two. She sank only minutes after the last survivors had been taken off.
Her name was struck from the Naval Vessel Register on 29 July.
– Source: Wikipedia

Miss Nina Heyward was the Senior Class sponsor and the 2nd Battalion sponsor while her sister, Miss Pauline “Polly”
Heyward, was “F” Company sponsor during the academic year 1932-33
Source: The Sphinx 1933

Miss Nina Barnwell Heyward married Mister Caldwell Robertson Dial, The Citadel, Class of 1933.
Source: The Spartanburg Herald, August 14, 1934, p. 6

Sources: American Battle Monuments Commission, The Citadel Archive & Museum, Mike Stannard ’65, Findagrave.com, Sphinx 1930 & 1931, Charleston County Public Library SC Room, Richland County Public Library

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