The West Virginia Veterans Memorial Archives Database contains information on more than ten thousand men and women from West Virginia who died during 20th-century military actions. While death did not have to occur in combat, it must have occurred during the official period of conflict and prior to discharge from the military. To qualify for inclusion, the soldier must have been born in West Virginia or must have been a state resident six months prior to military service.
Research to identify the men and women who should be placed on the Veterans Memorial was begun by the West Virginia Veterans Memorial Commission, which utilized Department of Defense and Department of Veterans Affairs listings, overseas burial records, and appeals to the public to collect information. Archives staff members have conducted additional research of newspapers, county histories and county records to supplement the original sources.
As a result of this research and through additional public contacts, new names to add and necessary corrections have been identified. If you are planning a visit to view a name on the memorial, it is important to note the "date carved" field. Additional names and corrections are placed at the end of each war's listing. The names carved prior to the dedication of the memorial in 1995 are marked "original". Names added since that time are indicated with a year noted in the "date carved" field. Names and corrections which have been verified but not yet added to the memorial are indicated by "to be carved." The database will be updated on a monthly basis.
To search by war, type one of the following designations in the "war" field:
For detailed information on using the database, click here.
West Virginia Archives and History welcomes any additional information that can be provided about these veterans, including photographs, family names, letters and other relevant personal history. For more information contact Debra Basham at (304) 558-0230.
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