Virginia Heroes

Welcome to the Virginia War Memorial’s Virginia Heroes database. This online resource is a comprehensive list of Veterans both in Virginia and across the country who wish to be represented.

This list includes all of Virginia’s Heroes who made the supreme sacrifice from WWII, Korea, Vietnam and the Persian Gulf and whose names are etched in stone and glass on the walls of the Shrine of Memory. Their records are indicated by a gold star.

Staffers and volunteers at the War Memorial continue to research the names and personal histories of Virginia’s fallen. As we learn more about these brave men and women, we will continue to add information to this database so that their stories may never be forgotten.

To submit your personal service record information, or that of any other Virginia veteran, living or deceased, please use the Veteran Updates form and submit to the Memorial for inclusion.

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Billy M. Adams

Private First Class, Army

Hometown: Prince Edward County, VA
Casualty Date: July 8, 1944
Died In: Adams
Awards: Purple Heart
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Clifton Earl Adams

Army

Born: October 19, 1913
Hometown: Montgomery County, VA
Casualty Date: June 19, 1943

He is buried in Little Hope Cemetery, Roanoke, Virginia.

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David V. Adams

Petty Officer 2nd Class, Navy

Born: January 18, 1963
Hometown: Burke, VA
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Edward George Adams

Private, Marine Corps

Hometown: Lee County, VA
Casualty Date: January 3, 1944
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Frank Logan Adams

Staff Sergeant, Army

Hometown: Newport News City
Awards: Purple Heart
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Garland Alcidus Adams

Staff Sergeant, Army

Born: October 23, 1917
Hometown: Petersburg City, VA
Casualty Date: December 31, 1942

Staff Sergeant Adams served as an air plane mechanic with the 303rd Fighter Squadron, 337th Fighter Group. He is buried in Plantation Cemetery, Petersburg, Virginia.

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Hawes Netherlands Adams

Second Lieutenant, Army

Born: October 26, 1920
Hometown: Campbell County, VA
Casualty Date: June 12, 1943
Died In: North Africa

Second Lieutenant Adams served with the 14th Ferrying Group aboard a P-40 Warhawk. Before the war, he graduated from Augusta Military Academy and attended the Virginia Military Institute for three years. He is buried in Spring Hill Cemetery, Lynchburg, Virginia.

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James Adams

Corporal, Marine Corps

Hometown: Amherst
Casualty Date: May 10, 1945
Died In: Okinawa

6th Division; buried in Public Cemetery, Amherst Co, Section F

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James L. Adams

Private First Class, Army

Hometown: Lee County, VA
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James Ligon Adams

Corporal, Marine Corps

Hometown: Alexandria, VA
Casualty Date: May 10, 1945
Died In: Okinawa

Was a railroad express agent before the war.

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James Rivers Adams

Captain, Marine Corps

Hometown: Lynchburg City, VA
Casualty Date: July 21, 1944
Died In: Adams
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Joe Carol Adams

Private, Army

Born: June 4, 1924
Hometown: Charlotte County, VA
Casualty Date: October 15, 1944
Died In: Adams

Private Adams served with Co F, 60th Infantry Regiment 9th Infantry Division.

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John Edwin Adams

Major, Army

Hometown: Lynchburg City, VA
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John Hampton Adams

Lieutenant, Junior Grade, Navy

Born: April 30, 1918

Died In: N/A
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Joseph Norman Adams

Private First Class, Army

Hometown: Roanoke, VA
Casualty Date: August 12, 1944
Died In: Adams
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Oscar R. Adams

Technician, Fifth Grade, Army

Hometown: Pittsylvania County, VA
Casualty Date: December 9, 1944
Awards: Soldier's Medal, Purple Heart
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Oscar T. Adams

Technician, Fifth Grade, Army

Hometown: Campbell County, VA
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Robert B. Adams

Staff Sergeant, Army

Born: August 18, 1924
Hometown: Hampton, VA
Died In: N/A
Awards: Army Seal, Purple Heart
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William Adams

Private First Class, Army

Hometown: Pittsylvania County, VA
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Clarence Adams, III

Specialist, Army

Born: September 6, 1976
Hometown: Richmond
Casualty Date: September 7, 2004
Died In: Baghdad, Iraq
Awards: Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart

Specialist Adams served with the 91st Engineer Battalion, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas. He was killed when the vehicle he was in hit a roadside bomb. He attended Virginia Union University on a partial athletic scholarship. He is buried in Oakwood Cemetery, Richmond, Virginia.

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