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.
Memorial Grounds Expansion
The EOD Warrior Foundation is pleased to share with the EOD Family that we are currently planning an initiative for an expansion to the EOD Memorial Grounds. This new area will be adjacent to, but not change the appearance or structure of, our EOD Memorial as it stands now. Just north of the Memorial, beyond the current grassy troop assembly area, will be built a thoughtful, lush, remembrance area designed for reflection on loved ones, friends, or comrades who lived their lives as EOD technicians and were lost to us in a manner other than combat. The two areas will be connected by a paved path from behind the Memorial through the stand of trees and opening to the new Remembrance area. We are honored to provide an area for all EOD Technicians; and for family and friends to gather and remember all the struggles and sacrifices made by EOD Warriors and their families in this our lost EOD brothers and sisters.
EOD Flag Program
We are excited to introduce a new program for the Summer of 2021! The goal of this program is to place EOD Flags on the stateside graves of all EOD Technicians, regardless of branch, years of service, or cause of death. This volunteer-driven program honors and remembers all who have served.
EOD Technicians have been laid to rest all across the country. Follow the link below to learn more.
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 closed on weekends and holidays. The gate is closed on Christmas and Thanksgiving days.
“To coordinate visitation access to the EOD Memorial located at the Naval School Explosive Ordnance Disposal located in Niceville FL., please contact the NAVSCOLEOD Personnel Security Officer at (850) 882-8329 or NAVSCOLEOD_Personnel_Security@navy.mil 10 days prior to visitation dates.”
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.