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.

Radiomen Ludwig Julius Wilhelm Pieper & Julius Heinrich Otto Pieper
Created by Vanessa Taylor

Private John J. O’Callahan
Created by Nicole Cordes

Flight Officer Edmund Decker
Created by Audrey Calovich

First Lieutenant Robert Raymond Martee
Created by Barrett Young

Staff Sergeant Eugene J. Mlot
Created by Julia Brunson

Private First Class Frank E. Wyatt
Created by Lily Delao

Second Lieutenant Harlan E. Rugg
Created by Connor Lisle

Private First Class John F. Garrard
Created by Isaiah McKay

Technician Fifth Class Broadway Valentine Sims
Created by Scott Moore

Corporal Henry Bernard Van Hyfte
Created by Emma Mulhem

Private First Class Benjamin Franklin McKenney
Created by Dawson Podlena

Francisco N.F. Blas
Created by Lazaro Quinata

Sergeant Pierre Jubault-Robinson
Created by Josh Slayton

Captain Malcolm A. Smith
Created by Erin Stender

Private William Verderamo
Created by Spencer Valenti

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.

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

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