When Japanese planes attacked Pearl Harbor on the morning of December 7, 1941, five servicemen from Monroe County were among the dead. A half-dozen more gave their lives on D-Day when Allied troops stormed the beaches at Normandy. Young men from Monroe County gave their lives at Iwo Jima and Okinawa, during the Battle of the Bulge and at the Battle of Midway. In every major battle of World War II, someone from Monroe County was among the dead.
Roughly 1,300 servicemen and women from Monroe County gave their lives serving their country during World War Two. This database, compiled by historian Russ Pickett
, includes information on each of them. Click on an individual's name to see more detailed articles on each service member from the archives of the Democrat & Chronicle or Times-Union, when available.
To report errors, omissions, or to share additional information about service members from Monroe County who were killed during the war, please send an email to database specialist Sean Lahman
Cause of Death: KIA = Killed in Action, MIA = Missing in Action, LOD = Line of Duty, DOW = Died of Wounds, POW = Died while Prisoner of War, DOD = Died of Disease.
Medals Key: AM = Air Medal, BS = Bronze Star, DFC = Distinguished Flying Cross, DSC = Distinguished Service Cross, LOM = Legion Of Merit, NC = Navy Cross, PH = Purple Heart, SS = Silver Star.
Cenotaph = A memorial stone only, remains not recovered or possibly interred somewhere unknown.