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Most People Have Never Seen These 19 Photos Taken During WWII In West Virginia

World War II was fought far from West Virginia and the United States, but that doesn’t mean that the Mountain State wasn’t affected by the war. On the contrary, our tiny state had the fifth highest percentage of servicemen during the war. In all 218,665 West Virginians, including 66,716 volunteers, serving in the armed forces during that time.

The war was lasted from 1939 to 1945, though the United States didn’t join until prompted by the bombing of Pearl Harbor in December 1941. A total of 5,830 West Virginians were killed during World War II.

Here are some pictures of what West Virginia looked like during that critical time in our history.

What do you think of these photos? How much different did West Virginia look back then?