The West Virginia Division of Culture & History has free West Virginia military records online.

This searchable database contains information about West Virginia veterans who died during World War I, World War II, Korean War, Vietnam War, or the Gulf War. It also has biographies of veterans featured on the Veterans Memorial and articles about specific engagements West Virginia Veterans were involved in.

 

Searches can be made by First Name, Last Name, War, County of residence, Keywords

 

What Can I Learn from WV Veterans Records?

Records may include:

  • Veteran’s Full Name
  • Veteran’s date of birth
  • Gender
  • Race
  • Town and County of residence
  • Military conflict or wars served in
  • Branch of Service
  • Rank
  • Service number
  • Veteran’s date of death
  • If killed in action (KIA)
  • Place of Burial
  • Unit to which servicemember belonged
  • Father’s name
  • Mother’s name
  • Spouse’s name
  • Date of Marriage
  • Place of Marriage
  • Children
  • Source of information
  • Special notes
  • Photographs
  • Other documents

 

 

 

“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.”

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