Private Charles M. Kackley

Private Charles M. Kackley

West Virginia State Police, West Virginia

End of Watch Wednesday, May 25, 1921

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Charles M. Kackley

Private Charles Kackley, Private Ernest Ripley, and Private William McMillion were all shot and killed during a two-year battle with striking coal miners, known as the Second Mine War, in which over 50 people were killed.

The strike was finally put down with the help of the United States Army.

Private Kackley and other members of the West Virginia State Police were assisting members of the Kentucky National Guard who had reported shots being fired across the river near Nolan, West Virginia. The Kentucky militia members crossed the river and accompanied the troopers approximately one mile down the road where they encountered four men.

As Private Kackley began to search one of the men shots were fired and he was killed. A member of the Kentucky National Guard was also killed. All four subjects who had been stopped were arrested.

Private Kackley was survived by his mother.


  • Age 23
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Apprehended

shots fired call, strike

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Uncle Charles I never knew you but as I understand you were one of the first West Virginia State Trooper killed in the line of duty along with Ernie Ripley, Bill McMillion & Johnny Gore. killed by a sniper during the miners strike that went on for two years leaving 50 people dead . these guys are all heroes . "LEST WE NEVER FORGET THEM"

Roy T Brown

December 30, 2018

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