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W.Va. veteran among those honored on WWI shipwreck plaque

July 19, 2019

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia sailor and veteran is among those honored on a recently dedicated World War I memorial in New York City’s Times Square.

The monument was authorized by the World War I Centennial Commission to honor six sailors who died when the USS San Diego, the largest U.S. Navy warship, sank off the coast of Long Island.

The Gazette-Mail reports Frazier Oran Thomas’ hometown was listed as Charleston, West Virginia, in Navy casualty reports. He was among more than 1,000 sailors on the ship 100 years ago and died when it exploded from coming into contact with an underwater mine.

The plaque was unveiled in May during Fleet Week New York. The commission says it’s set to be permanently placed in Ocean Beach, New York, this summer.

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