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Nevada WWII Fallen

440 WWII fallen were associated with the state of Nevada. 
We are telling the stories of all of them.

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Each and Every

Nevada WWII Fallen

Is Now Remembered

Every WWII fallen from the state of Nevada now has a story -- from the youngest, 17 year old Lewis Milisich of Elko, to  the oldest, Alfred Green, a 31 year old African American from Reno. 

The first four Nevadans (Richard Gill, Richard Weaver, Elmer Yates, and Eric Young) died on the USS Arizona during the Pearl Harbor attack. The last one, Lyle Webb, died in August 1945 when the submarine USS Bullhead was sunk.

Nevadans fought and died in well-known battles from throughout the war including Bataan, Coral Sea, Midway, Guadalcanal, Kasserine Pass, Sicily, Burma, Tarawa, Anzio, D-Day, Saipan, the Battle of the Bulge, Iwo Jima, and Okinawa.


While some are buried or memorialized in Nevada, many are buried elsewhere, across the USA and around the world, from the Philippines' Cabanatuan Memorial and the Honolulu Memorial in the Pacific, to European cemeteries like the Ardennes American Cemetery in Luxembourg, and the Florence American Cemetery in Italy.

Now, thanks to the efforts of Richard Rife (who wrote 93% of the stories) and a few others, anyone visiting the graves of the Nevada WWII fallen can use a smartphone to read the stories of all of these fallen heroes, anywhere in the world.

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See how the app works at any gravesite

Read some of these stories here:

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1LT Norvin L. Davis

Story by Richard Rife

Lt Davis was from Wells, Nevada. He was a Boy Scout and president of his high school class. He was a 1943 West Point graduate. He served as a paratrooper in the liberation the Philippines and earned the Bronze Star. Read full story here.

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CPL Leslie E. Mathews

Story by Richard Rife

Cpl Mathews was from Panaca, Nevada. His mother died when he was 11 and his father died shortly before the war. He was a championship basketball player. He became a B-24 Liberator radio operator in the Pacific. He was killed in a weather related plane crash. Read his story here.

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ENS Frank W. O'Flaherty

Story by Richard Rife

Ens O'Flaherty was from Tonopah, Nevada. He was raised by an aunt after his mother died. He left college early to help support his family. He was a dive bomber pilot from USS Enterprise at the Battle of Midway. Read full story here, including his tragic death at the hands of the Japanese Navy.

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PVT Ivan E. Ramsey

Story by Richard Rife 

Pvt Ramsey was from Spring Valley, Nevada. Left school early to work in mines. Joined US Army with younger brother and served in same unit in the Philippines at the beginning of the  war. Both earned the Bronze Star. See full story here, including Bataan Death March and time as POW.

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SGT Lafayette L. Wadsworth

Story by Richard Rife

Sgt Wadsworth was also from Panaca and a cousin to Leslie Mathews. He was known as a good singer and dancer. Earned a battlefield promotion and the Bronze Star. We fought the the Battle of the Bulge. Read full story here, including fateful premonition of both him and his mother.

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1LT Eldred F. Whipple

Story by Richard Rife

Lt Whipple was from Tecoma, Nevada, a mining community. He worked at a mine and married after attending college. He became a B-17 pilot. After bomber was fatally damaged, he stayed at the controls so other crewmen could bail safely. See full story here.

All of the Nevada fallen stories
can be found on Fold3.

 See here.
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Download the Find A Grave smartphone app to read these stories at gravesites


Thanks to our
volunteer story writers

Richard Rife, Project Lead

John Melde, Colorado

Don Milne, Kentucky

Mary Peterson, Minesota

Richard Rife, Utah

John Schlatter, Utah

Rona Simmons, Georgia

Susan Singleton, Illinois

Rhonda Steele, Colorado

Viki Strong, Utah

Les Wiesenfelder, Maryland

Anita Ashworth, Alabama

Pam Baker, Alabama

Molly Brown, Utah

Cara Clark, Nevada

Kim Crump, Utah

Susan Gould, Tennessee

LuAnn Greenwell, Utah

Bob Joyce, Florida

Gerry Lawton

Autumn McFarland, Arizona

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