Putting a Face to the Sacrifice of our World War II Veterans

The major assignment for the students and teachers during the Normandy Institute is the Silent Heroes Project. Each student/teacher team researches a soldier from their region who fought at Normandy and paid the ultimate sacrifice. After exhaustive research the students and teachers create a website dedicated to their soldier’s life and ultimate sacrifice. Please click on the websites to see the work of recent students and teachers and to read the poignant eulogies to their soldiers that were read at the graves of their unsung heroes.

Private John Alden Chappell
Created by Alex Bueneman

Staff Sergeant William E. Davis, Jr.
Created by Nick Iacovelli

Private Norman B. Foster
Created by Margaret Lichtenfels

Second Lieutenant Leroy E. Jacobson
Created by Taylor Walsh

Chief Pharmacist’s Mate Graham C. Mahan
Created by Zobeida Chaffee-Valdes

First Lieutenant Joseph Lyndon Piche
Created by Raven Troyer

Staff Sergeant Emile W. Tanguay
Created by Seyeon Kim

Captain Omery Carl Weathers
Created by Mary Nail

Staff Sergeant Maurice Miller Williams
Created by Adi Sapre

Technician Fourth Class John H. Williamson
Created by Gabrielle Farrow

Technical Sergeant Percy Zimmerman
Created by Morgan Handley

Private Eston A. Baxter
Created by Caley Williamson

Private Floyd E. Osborne
Created by Megan Amen

Private First Class David G. Callahan
Created by Kaylie O’Connell

Sergeant Albert Raymond Prescott
Created by Kelly Wilhelmi

NHD Normandy Web Site Archive
See past Normandy Scholar Web Sites on the New NHD Normandy Web Site Archive Page

Normandy: Sacrifice for Freedom Albert H. Small Student & Teacher Institute

June 18-30, 2016


Summer Institute 2016


In June 2016, fifteen student/teacher teams will engage in a rigorous study of D-Day and World War II. Students and teachers will be immersed in lectures presented by leading World War II historians, participate in a scholarly study of the war memorials in the D.C. area, and walk in the footsteps of history on the beaches of Normandy. Students will study and make presentations on various aspects of the Normandy Campaign.

The last day in Normandy will be a day of remembrance. The students will lay a wreath at the grave of a Silent Hero buried at the American Cemetery and present eulogies based on individual research of a member of the U.S. military who made the ultimate sacrifice.

Institute participants will engage in readings and online collaboration and conduct a historical study of a Silent Hero interred at the Normandy American Cemetery, whose story has not been told previously.

Eligible participants must apply as a team. The adult must be a middle school or high school teacher or librarian. The student must be a sophomore or junior in high school as of fall 2015.

  • The institute covers room and board (double occupancy) during the institute, field trips, meals, international flights, and professional readings. Teachers will room with teachers and students with students.
  • Participants will pay for the airline tickets and transportation costs to and from Washington, DC, for the field study. They are required to supply their own passport (or renewal if necessary) and cover any personal expenses associated with travel.

Because of the physicality of the institute all participants must be able to stand for 45 minutes and walk for at least two miles. In addition, the complexity of the institute’s logistics does not allow for families to accompany the selected participants.

Deadline for applications:

Complete applications for the program must be received no later than midnight on Monday, November 30, 2015.

Directions for completion of application:

  • Download the application packet.
  • Fill out all paperwork.
  • Include all written supplemental materials.
  • Scan all documents into one PDF file.
  • Email PDF file to programs@nhd.org (Completed applications will be acknowledged via email within 24 hours of receipt.).
  • Questions may be directed to programs@nhd.org.

Applicants selected for the 2015 institute will be notified via phone or email no later than Monday, December 21, 2015.

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