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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Claude William Akers

Seaman, Second Class, Navy

Hometown: Dickenson
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Dillard Cundiff Akers

Private First Class, Army

Hometown: Giles County
Casualty Date: February 28, 1945
Died In: Germany

Buried in Newbern Community Cemetery Pulaski Co, Route 682

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Edward Darrell Akers

Private First Class, Army

Born: April 19, 1942
Hometown: Wythe County
Casualty Date: January 11, 1966
Died In: Binh Duong Province, South Vietnam
Awards: National Defense Service Medal, Purple Heart, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Vietnam Service Medal

PFC Akers served with the Marine Corps for several years beginning in 1962, returned home, went to Iowa and worked at Marv’s Derby and at Coca-Cola. In 1964, he returned to Virginia, joined the U. S. Army, and at one point guarded the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Washington, …

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Elwood Leslie Akers

Seaman, First Class, Navy

Hometown: Pulaski County
Casualty Date: April 6, 1945
Awards: Purple Heart
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George David Akers

Private 1st Class, Army

Born: April 13, 1926
Hometown: Appomattox
Casualty Date: April 18, 1945
Died In: near Leipzig, Germany

Attended Virginia Military Institute for one year in 1943.

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James F. Akers

Corporal, Marine Corps

Hometown: Roanoke City
Casualty Date: December 2, 1950
Died In: Chosin Reservoir, Korea
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Maurice Taswell Akers

Private First Class, Army

Hometown: Montgomery County
Casualty Date: December 25, 1944
Died In: Luxembourg
Awards: Purple Heart
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Estelle Gordon Akers, Jr

Lance Corporal, Marine Corps

Born: April 3, 1951
Hometown: Galax
Casualty Date: July 5, 1970
Died In: South Vietnam

LCpl Akers served with Company C, 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division. He was killed instantly by a booby trap.

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Arthur C. Akin, Jr.

Second Lieutenant, Army

Hometown: Portsmouth
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Utah Akridge

Private First Class, Army

Hometown: Henry County
Casualty Date: March 7, 1945
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Benjamin Basil Albert

Colonel, Army

Born: June 10, 1895
Hometown: Roanoke
Died In: N/A
Awards: Commendation Medal, Legion of Merit

Received the British Empire CBE

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Benjamin Basil Albert

Colonel, Army

Born: June 10, 1895
Hometown: Roanoke
Died In: N/A
Awards: Commendation Medal, Legion of Merit

Received the British Empire CBE

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Breeden P. Albert

Unknown, Army

Born: January 1, 1921
Hometown: Virginia Beach
Died In: N/A
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Richard Shaeffer Albert

Private First Class, Marine Corps

Casualty Date: August 15, 1952
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William L. Albert

Chief Warrant Officer, Army

Hometown: Prince George
Casualty Date: September 11, 1944
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Dale W. Albertson

Sergeant, Army

Hometown: Hanover County
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Wallace Marshall Albertson

Electrician's Mate, 2nd Class, Navy

Hometown: Mathews
Casualty Date: March 1, 1942
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Edward Matthew Albright, Jr.

First Lieutenant, Army

Born: August 26, 1916
Hometown: Norfolk City
Casualty Date: September 17, 1944
Died In: the Netherlands
Awards: Silver Star, Distinguished Flying Cross, Purple Heart, Air Medal

First Lieutenant Albright served with the 63rd Fighter Squadron, 56th Fighter Group known as Zempke’s Wolfpack. On September 17, 1944, 1LT Albright was killed in action while on a mission to attack the rail yards in Amersfoort, Netherlands, in P47 #44-19786 Thunderbolt. During the attack, his flight leader’s plane became …

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Charles G. Albury, Jr.

Second Lieutenant, Army

Hometown: Prince George
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Berry Hill Alcock, Jr.

Private First Class, Army

Hometown: Amherst County
Casualty Date: April 13, 1945
Awards: Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart
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