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West Virginia soldiers who died on D-Day

By Whitney Burdette, Capitol reporter
FILE - In this June 6, 1944, file photo, Allied troops crouch behind the bulwarks of a landing craft as it nears Omaha Beach during a landing in Normandy, France. The D-Day invasion broke through Adolf Hitlerís western defenses and led to the liberation of France from Nazi occupation just as the Soviet Army was making advances in the east, turning the tide of the war in the Allies' favor. Allied troops landed on the Normandy coast of France in tremendous strength by cloudy daylight and stormed several miles inland with tanks and infantry in the grand assault which Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower called a crusade in which 'we will accept nothing less than full victory'î(AP Photo/U.S. Coast Guard, File)

More than 4,000 allied forces died while storming the beaches of Normandy, France, on June 6, 1944. That number includes 38 West Virginians who served in different capacities during the war and paid the ultimate sacrifice 70 years ago.

Winston Lodge Alexander, McDowell County

James O Boggess, Kanawha County

David E. Casto, Nicholas County

Donald G. Colangelo, Mingo County

Darius W. Crites, Upshur County

Joe DiCiuccio, Raleigh County

Jasper N. Elswick, Roane County

Curtis C. Feathers, Preston County

Jesse M. Hawkins, no home county identified

Elsworth M. Heck, Cabell County

Martin V. Hughes, Kanawha County

Edward L. Jones, Wood County

Alva Jackson Night, Braxton County

Eston C. Kuhn, Barbour County

James D. Lake, Braxton County

Bernard H. Lipscomb, Doddridge County

John Manfredi, Barbour County

Charles H. Manning, Hancock County

Conrad Cecil Mason, Ohio County

John Hobert Mathews, Pocahontas County

Charles G. McCalvin, Logan County

Jamie Edgar McComb, Pocahontas County

John Burk McCue, Monongalia County

Vernon C. McDaniel, Berkeley County

Norman G. Miller, Harrison County

William L. Mollohan, Jr., Kanawha County

Louis F. Nesci, Mineral County

Shirley J. Phillips, Randolph County

John Henry Shreves, Harrison County

William H. Smith, Raleigh County

Floyd Spiker, Preston County

Max L. Stemple, Preston County

Robert Charles Stonebraker, Harrison County

Raymond L. Winebrener, Mason County

Benjamin F. Winn, McDowell County

Benjamin H. Wirtz, Mercer County

Robert L. Wolverton, Randolph County

Source: Veterans Memorial Database, West Virginia Archives and History


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