What is a Silent Hero?
Any serviceman or woman of the United States Armed Forces who died honorably in World War II and during the following months because of wounds received in battle earned the right to be remembered as a Silent Hero.
About Silent Heroes
In addition to the contest, National History Day® is also initiating a new educational program called Silent Heroes. For the first time since 1945, an institution is gathering all the personal stories of those who gave everything for our liberty during World War II. National History Day® is launching a vast project intended to honor servicemen and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in the different theaters of operations during the war. Gradually, a unique online database featuring memorial pages for individual soldiers is going to be available to everyone. 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.