Washington County Gold Star Veterans

This listing of service men and women who died in the service of their county was compiled from various sources. Many of the obituary transcriptions were donated by Pat Oestman of Wray, Colorado while Arlene Glenn of Otis and the late Steve Chaplin of Yuma were invaluable in tracking down information on those listed.

If you have comments, corrections, photographs, clippings, award citations or any other additional information about these veterans please contact Dan Cooley by email: dbcooleyw@gmail.com

Click on the underlined name to go to a page with the individual's details.


Gold Star FlagBlue and Gold Star Flags

The practice of displaying a service banner or ribbon to recognize members of the family serving in the armed forces dates back to at least the Spanish American War and perhaps to the Civil War. The current design of a red and white flag with a blue service star (Blue Star Flag) for each serving family member originated in 1917 during World War I.

After 1918 when President Wilson ordered a Gold Star pin be given to the mothers of dead WWI servicemen, the blue service star on the service banner was covered with a gold star to honor those killed in service. Another variation had the the blue star covered with a silver star to honor those invalided home from wounds received in action. The design wasn't standardized until World War II.

Blue Star Flags were widely displayed by families during World War II and a formal Gold Star Flag presentation to the family was a routine part of a World War II memorial service. Service flags were seldom seen during the Vietnam War but have been making a comeback since 1990.





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