The EOD Memorial Wall at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida honors EOD technicians who gave their lives in the performance of their duties. The names on the wall date back to the formation of EOD in World War II. The basic structure consists of four cenotaphs; one for each branch of military service, Army, Marine Corps, Navy, and Air Force. A bronze tablet with the names of fallen EOD warriors is inscribed and attached to each cenotaph.
Every year, on the first Saturday in May, the EOD Memorial Ceremony is held to commemorate fallen EOD technicians to recognize and preserve the legacy of the service and sacrifices of our fallen warriors and their families.
The ongoing care and maintenance of the EOD Memorial Wall is funded by private donations.
EOD Memorial History
On February 14, 1969, senior Army, Marine Corps, Navy, and Air Force officers of the EOD School formed the EOD Memorial committee to design and construct a memorial to honor fallen EOD warriors.
Drawings of the proposed memorial were made and a $1500 construction estimate was obtained. Land on the Naval Ordnance Station in Indian Head, Maryland was donated and the wall was constructed by dedicated and determined volunteer EOD personnel.
Upon consolidation of the EOD School from Indian Head, Maryland to Eglin Air Force Base, Florida in 1999, the memorial was reconstructed and is located across from the EOD School Building on Range Road.
EOD technicians whose names are placed on the memorial are graduates of the United States EOD School and died on active duty as a result of an EOD mission.
Find a Cemetery
You can now find cemetery locations for fallen EOD warriors by branch via the Find a Grave website, by choosing one of the links below:
Visiting the EOD Memorial
The Memorial is located on Eglin Air Force Base in Florida which is secured and staffed like other military bases around the world. The gate opening hours are 4:55 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. on weekends and holidays. The gate is closed on Christmas and Thanksgiving days.
If you are planning a trip to the area and would like to visit outside of normal hours, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org and we will do everything we can to accommodate your visit to the EOD Memorial Wall. Please call the command duty officer (CDO) for Memorial access on weekends and holidays if the gates are not open. CDO number: 850-382-3797.
Please visit our virtual wall for the names, bios, and photos of the fallen EOD warriors. We are actively working to gather photo and bio information for all post 9/11 Fallen EOD Heroes.
If you are a family member of a fallen warrior and can provide a military photo and bio for a warrior who was killed before September 11, 2001, we invite you to fill out and submit a Gold Star form.