Veterans

1134 (229 African Americans and 905 whites) servicemen, nurses and civilian workers from Norfolk returned home at the end of World War I and responded to the state of Virginia’s questionnaire about their lives and experiences during the war.

Students in HIS 380: U.S. Military History compiled these brief biographies of Norfolk’s World War I veterans using materials gathered by the Virginia World War I History Commission. Additional information about the lives of veterans after the war were researched by students. The photographs accompanying these biographies are from the Sargeant Memorial Collection, Slover Library.

Paul Washington Alexander
Paul Washington Alexander

William Battle
William Battle

William Elwood Boone
William Elwood Boone

John Bernard Brewer
John Bernard Brewer
James Brown

Robert Thomas Bullock c. 1918. Image courtesy of Sargent Memorial Collection, Slover Library, Norfolk, VA. SMC-MSS-000-182-ind-c-001.
Robert Thomas Bullock

Kessler Duvalle Cherry-2
Kesler Duvall Cherry

Charles Henry Coleman
Charles Henry Coleman

Floyd Lee Green
Floyd Lee Green
James Jones

James Albert Kettrell
James Albert Kettrell

Arthur Little
Arthur Little

David Thomas Lynn
David Thomas Lynn

Dudley Allen Payton
Dudley Allen Payton

William Augustus Stuart
William Augustus Stuart

Willie Thompson
Willie Thompson

Modie Williams
Modie Williams