BECKLEY, W.Va. — During World War II, Fayette County lost more than 200 soldiers. Those men were either killed in action, declared dead while missing in action or died while a prisoner of war, said Elmer Pritt, a past commander of the American Legion Lafayette Post 149 in Fayetteville.
With 5,830 killed in action, West Virginia had the fifth-highest percentage of servicemen during World War II.
“In those few years after World War II, the citizens of Fayette County came together and erected an outstanding facility, which honors those soldiers who paid the ultimate price. For many years the building has been a centerpiece for activities in Fayette County,” he said.
The Fayette County Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Building, which was created as a memorial to those lost and to support the needs of local members of the armed forces, has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places…