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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F. B. Alden

Corporal, Marine Corps

Hometown: Portsmouth
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Hartley W. Alden

Corporal, Marine Corps

Born: February 19, 1920
Hometown: Portsmouth, Virginia
Casualty Date: June 15, 1944
Died In: Mariana Islands, Saipan

Corporal Alden served as a Tank Commander in the scouts of the 4th Tank Battalion, 4th Marine Division. He had first served in the Coast Guard before joining the Marine Corps. He is buried in the National Cemetery of the Pacific, Honolulu, Hawaii.

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Stanley C. Alder

Private First Class, Army

Hometown: Loudon County
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Culver W. Alderman

Technical Sergeant, Army

Hometown: Radford City
Casualty Date: April 14, 1945
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Glenn Jackson Alderman

Ship's Cook, Second Class, Navy

Hometown: Carroll County
Casualty Date: October 16, 1943
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Marvin B. Alderman

Army

Hometown: Radford City
Casualty Date: April 1, 1952
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Robert Barber Alderman

Commander, Navy

Born: March 26, 1904
Hometown: Alexandria
Casualty Date: December 17, 1946

Took command of the USS Wyandot AKA-92 on November 21, 1944.

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Tray Estel Alderman

Private, Army

Born: November 5, 1919
Hometown: Carroll County
Casualty Date: June 10, 1942

PVT Alderman served with Company E, 305th Infantry Regiment, 77th Infantry Division.

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Wilford Harless Alderman

Specialist 5, Army

Born: March 30, 1944
Hometown: Floyd
Casualty Date: February 23, 1969
Died In: Binh Duong Province, South Vietnam

SP5 Alderman served with the 1st Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division.

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John William Alderson, Jr.

Lieutenant, Army

Hometown: Russell County
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George W. Aldinger

Private, Army

Hometown: Richmond City
Casualty Date: January 17, 1945
Died In: Belgium
Awards: Purple Heart

PVT Aldinger served with the 193rd Glider Infantry Regiment, 17th Airborne Division. He is buried in US Military Cemetery in Luxembourg.

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Herbert R. Aldred

Technician, Fourth Grade, Army

Hometown: Roanoke
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Brian C. Alexander

Corporal, Marine Corps

Born: November 2, 1971
Hometown: Ashland
Died In: N/A
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Clarence Minor Alexander

Corporal, Army

Born: March 5, 1920
Hometown: Augusta
Casualty Date: September 11, 1944
Died In: Belgium

Served with the 32nd Field Artillery Battalion, 1st Division. He is buried at Henri Chapelle American Cemetery.

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John D. Alexander

Technician, Fourth Grade, Army

Hometown: Tazewell County
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LeRoy Edward Alexander

Staff Sergeant, Army

Born: March 25, 1978
Hometown: Dale City, Virginia
Casualty Date: June 3, 2005
Died In: Afghanistan
Awards: Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, Combat Infantryman Badge, Army Achievement Medal Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal, Army NCO Professional Development Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal

Staff Sergeant Alexander served with the 1st Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Bragg, North Carolina. He was killed when his convoy struck and Improvised Explosive Device (IED). He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

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Melvin Junior Alexander

Technician, Fifth Grade, Army

Born: January 20, 1923
Hometown: Bath County
Casualty Date: March 7, 1945
Died In: Tinian Island, Mariana Islands
Awards: Purple Heart

Served with the 240th Ordnance Ammunition Company. He was killed by explosion on Tinian Island, Mariana Islands.

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Robert W. Alexander

Sergeant, Army

Hometown: Highland County
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Vincent Alford

Mess Attendant, Second Class, Navy

Hometown: Richmond City
Casualty Date: September 16, 1943
Died In: Solomon Islands

Mess Attendant, Second Class Alford served aboard the USS Wasp that was sunk by a Japanese submarine near the Solomon Islands.

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Melvin Patrick Aliff

Sergeant, Marine Corps

Born: May 24, 1920
Hometown: Bland County, Virginia
Casualty Date: June 15, 1944
Died In: Marianas Islands in the Battle of Saipan
Awards: Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart

Sergeant Aliff served with F Company, 2nd Battalion, 23rd Marines, 4th Marine Division. Before the war, he was employed by an armature business. His name is etched on the Tablets of the Missing, Honolulu Memorial, Honolulu, Hawaii.

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