World War II: The Five Payne Brothers

An online exhibition, The Five Payne Brothers: An Alexandria Family & Their Service was created to commemorate the 75th anniversary of America's entry into World War II.

Page updated on Jun 19, 2021 at 3:20 PM

The Payne Brothers, December 7, 1941The Payne family's Sons in Service flag

December 7, 2016 marked the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, which officially launched the United States into the Second World War. Among the more than 16 million Americans who served in the military during that conflict were the five Payne brothers, who were born and raised in Alexandria. Fortunately, all five survived the war despite some harrowing experiences, and all five returned to Alexandria to raise families and to participate in the community in many different ways.

To commemorate this special anniversary, remembering “The Greatest Generation” and their contribution to American society during this difficult era, this online exhibition showcases a remarkable family and their tremendous service.

Images: The Payne Family's Sons in Service flag; The Payne brothers, December 7, 1941.

The Five Payne Brothers: An Alexandria Family & Their Service

This online exhibit tells the story of the Payne Brothers, their life in Alexandria, and their service during World War II. 

Payne Brothers PowerPoint


Virginia WWI and WWII Commemoration Commission