"In memory of veterans from all wars and conflicts In honor to God and country"
"USS West Virginia Bow Flag Staff
Placed in memory of those who gave their lives and in honor of all who served on this great battleship Sunk December 7, 1941 November 11, 1963"
Both ends of the USS West Virginia are still around as memorials. This memorial has the jackstaff as part of the display, and West Virginia University at Morgantown has the main mast with crows nest and ships bell in their campus area memorial. The West Virginia was commissioned in 1926 and was in port at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on December 7th, 1941. During the attack she was hit by Japanese bombs. Rather than let her capsize the ships Captain ordered the sea cocks opened so she would fill evenly with water and settle to the bottom on her keel. This saved the ship from greater damage and she was among the first of the salvagable ships in the port to be re-floated.
The statue of 'Stonewall' Jackson depicts the Virginia native astride his horse. He died from wounds received in battle, and is forever cherished by both the Southern and Northern forces for his courage and leadership under fire.
The listing of Purple Heart veterans, while not completely unique, is unusual in that it names all of those from Harrison County that have been wounded in combat. The research time it takes to compile a list of this nature is massive and admirable that the memorial designers made the effort.
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