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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Edgar M. Young

Captain, Army

Born: December 29, 1911
Hometown: Fredericksburg, Virginia

Captain Young served with the 111th Field Artillery, in the 29th Division. He graduated from Episcopal High School and went on to attended Virginia Military Institute where he graduated with the class of 1933, majoring in Civil Engineering. He died on May 7, 1941 and is buried in Oak Hill …

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Gordon Preston Young

Specialist 4, Army

Born: March 15, 1944
Hometown: Charlotte County, Virginia
Casualty Date: November 17, 1965
Died In: Ia Drang Valley, Pleiku Province, South Vietnam
Awards: Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Medal w/ Palm Ribbon

Specialist 4 Young was killed in action in Landing Zone Albany on November 17, 1965 in the Ia Drang Valley. He served with A Company, 2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division. He is buried in Bethlehem Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Charlotte County, Virginia.

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Gary L. Young

Master Sergeant, Army

Born: July 13, 1948
Hometown: King William County, Virginia
Awards: Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Army Meritorious Unit Citation, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Joint Service Commendation, National Defense Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Medal w/ Bronze Star Ribbon, Unit Commendation, Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation, Vietnam Presidential Unit Citation, Vietnam Service Medal
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James E. Young, Jr.

Corporal, Army

Hometown: Danville
Casualty Date: December 1, 1950
Died In: North Korea
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Joseph B. Young, Jr.

Staff Sergeant, Army

Hometown: Bristol
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Donald A. Younglas

Major, Army

Hometown: Richmond City
Casualty Date: January 7, 1944
Died In: over France
Awards: Air Medal
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Wilbur H. Youngman, Jr.

First Lieutenant, Marine Corps

Hometown: Arlington
Casualty Date: October 17, 1951
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Robert Conrad Yowell

Seaman, Second Class, Navy

Hometown: Culpeper County
Casualty Date: June 20, 1945
Died In: Marseille, France
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Robert William Yowell

First Lieutenant, Army

Born: February 3, 1916
Hometown: Madison County, Virginia
Casualty Date: January 11, 1945
Died In: near Mersing, Johore Province, Malay States
Awards: Purple Heart, Air Medal

First Lieutenant Yowell served with the 44th Bombardment Group out of India and flew 72 missions. On Jan 11, 1945, Robert was the radar technician on a B-29 bombing Singapore, Malaysia.  The plane was hit and Robert bailed out but was found by Chinese guerrillas and they were taken prisoner …

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Eugene Crampton Zachman

Lieutenant Commander, Navy

Born: September 8, 1903
Hometown: Arlington
Casualty Date: November 19, 1943
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Roland Arthur Zachman

Lieutenant, Navy

Born: January 8, 1915
Hometown: Arlington
Casualty Date: April 28, 1944
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Harry A. Zahn

Private First Class, Army

Hometown: Elizabeth City County
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Milton T. Zandiotis

Technician, Fifth Grade, Army

Hometown: Martinsville
Casualty Date: November 21, 1943
Died In: Germany
Awards: Purple Heart
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Frederick Ferdinand Zehring

First Lieutenant, Marine Corps

Hometown: Shenandoah County
Casualty Date: April 15, 1945
Died In: Okinawa
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Thomas Carlyle Morris Zeugner

Major, Army

Hometown: Petersburg
Casualty Date: February 27, 1991
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W. M. Zimmerman

First Lieutenant, Marine Corps

Hometown: Lynchburg
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George Alex Zimmerman, Jr.

Sergeant, Army

Hometown: Roanoke City
Casualty Date: November 26, 1943
Died In: over Paris, France
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Andrew Linn Zini

Chief Machinist's Mate, Navy

Hometown: Roanoke County
Casualty Date: February 27, 1942
Died In: Indian Ocean South of Java
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Aiden A. Zirkle

Corporal, Army

Hometown: Shenandoah County
Casualty Date: April 13, 1945
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George Raymond Zirnheld

Staff Sergeant, Army

Born: March 17, 1918
Hometown: Norfolk City, Virginia
Casualty Date: September 10, 1945
Died In: over Dessau, Germany
Awards: Air Medal

Staff Sergeant Zirnheld served with the 323rd Bomb Squadron, 91st Bomb Group (Heavy), “The Ragged Irregulars,” 8th Air Force as a ball turret gunner on the B-17 “Just Plain Lonesome.” He was presumed killed in action on a bombing mission to Dessau, Germany, that was meant to target a large …

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