What is a Silent Hero?
A Silent Hero is any service member of the United States Armed Forces or civilian support personnel who died honorably while serving the United States. Silent Heroes died while training for or participating in the war or died of wounds received in battle.
About Silent Heroes
In addition to the NHD National Contest, National History Day® is also initiating a new educational program called Silent Heroes. The program began by documenting personal stories of those who gave everything for our liberty during World War II. This project honors servicemen and women who made the ultimate sacrifice. Over time, the Silent Heroes program has expanded to include World War II and those from World War I, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. This public, open-access database features over 200 memorial pages for individual soldiers. This noble and ambitious undertaking will require the contribution of America’s best ambassadors: its youth!
Teacher Advisory Board
Melissa Andersen, Serrano High School, California
Theresa Fitzgerald, National Archives and Records Administration, Missouri
Jason Harris, former NHD in Texas Coordinator
Jeff Hawks, NHD in Pennsylvania Coordinator
Sarah Henkel, Northbrook Middle School, Illinois
David Howard, Minnesota
Christina O'Connor, Hingham High School, Massachusetts
Peter Porter, Monroe Township High School, New Jersey
Kevin Wagner, Carlisle Area School District, Pennsylvania
About National History Day
National History Day® is a nonprofit educational organization that promotes the teaching and learning of history in middle and high schools around the world through a variety of programs for teachers and students. The largest program is the National History Day Contest. Established in 1974, the National History Day Contest encourages more than half a million middle and high school students around the world to conduct original research on historical topics of interest. Students present projects at the local and affiliate levels. The top two projects from every category are invited to the Kenneth E. Behring National History Day Contest at the University of Maryland at College Park.