Re: Inscriptions on tombstone, WWII vet
West Virginia (State from which he entered service); Private First Class (his rank); 708th Amphibious Tank Battalion (his unit); World War II (conflict in which he served).
The above is the standard format for government-issue monuments. Major decorations to which the deceased is entitled are inscribed at the base thusly: MH = Medal of Honor; DSC = Distinguished Service Cross; NC = Navy Cross; SS = Silver Star; BS = Bronze Star; PH = Purple Heart. Very often these inscriptions are obscured by grass, soil, etc. on the upright type marker.