- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 8, 2015

HINTON, W.Va. (AP) - The West Virginia Division of Highways is asking the public for help in finding the grave of a soldier whose headstone was found in a ditch.

Highways crews found William H. Moore’s headstone in Summers County about two years ago. The DOH’s Summers County headquarters has been trying since then to find Moore’s grave or his family.

“It was just lying there. It didn’t appear to be washed because it wasn’t covered up it was just lying there on top of the grass and brush,” Greg Bridges, DOH assistant supervisor, told WVNS-TV (http://bit.ly/1Goc4lB ).

Moore’s headstone shows he was born on Jan. 27, 1918, and died on Oct. 22, 1969. The words “SSGT US Army” and “World War II Korea Vietnam” are engraved on the headstone.

“This man is a hero. He was in three wars. World War II, Korean War and Vietnam War. He needs this marker back on his burial site. Not an unmarked grave. There is too many of those in the ocean,” Curt Messer, a local veteran, told WVNS.

Bridges said efforts by his crew to find Moore’s grave or his family have been unsuccessful.

“We went to several local people who lived in the area. This is not a residential area, it’s got scattered housing and we talked to some of the residents who lived in the area, and nobody knew the name or didn’t recognize it or anything,” he said.

Bridges believes someone removed the headstone from Moore’s grave and then tossed it away. Moore might not have been a resident of Summers County or surrounding counties.

Anyone who has information can contact the Summers County DOH headquarters at 304-466-2802.

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Information from: WVNS-TV, http://www.cbs59.com

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