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Stories Behind the Stars in the News

Updated: 9 hours ago

This post has been created to list the various news stories covering The Stories Behind the Stars nonprofit initiative. Stories are listed from newest to oldest.

It’s Not That We Forgot; It’s That We Never Knew

Athens Daily Review, Amelia Abby, Athens, TX, November 30, 2023

Native son perishes in World War II's greatest loss of life at sea

The Daily Courier, Connellsville, PA, November 30, 2023

Three native sons perish in WWII’s greatest loss of life at sea from enemy action

Berks Weekly, Reading, PA , November 22, 2023

Johnston earned his wings for war

Marysville The Advocate, Marysville, KS, Jim Sheetz, November 8, 2023

Frackville sailor lost at sea on submarine during WWII

Time News, Lehighton, PA, November 7, 2023

Local soldier lost in World War II sinking of U.S. submarine

Daily Courier, Connellsville, PA, October 25, 2023

Lycoming County WWII soldier among those honored on POW/MIA Day

Williamsport Sun-Gazette, September 15, 2023

Honoring Fayette County POWs / MIA

Daily Courier, Connellsville, PA, September 15, 2023

Kane's Johnson remembered on POW/MIA Recognition Day

The Bradford Era, PA, Marcie SchellhammerSeptember 15, 2023

Local WWII POWs who perished in Shin'yō Maru incident remembered

Scranton Time-Tribune, PA, Jeff Horvath, September 15, 2023

Clinton Countian Sal Ferrara remembered as WW II hero

The Express, Lock Haven, PA, September 12, 2023

Stories Behind the Stars: Sweet memories of a WWII romance

Times Journal (Schoharie, NY), August 3, 2023

Six men from Luzerne County died in 'Operation Tidal Wave' 80 years ago

Citizens' Voice (Wilkes-Barre, PA), August 2, 2023

Local man among victims in 1945 sinking of vessel

Altoona Mirror (PA), August 1, 2023

Local man's sacrifice recalled 80 years after bombing of 'Hitler's gas station'

Indiana Gazette (Indiana, PA), July 31, 2023

Unbroken line of patriots: Local heroes lost in USS Indianapolis tragedy 78 years ago

The Times Tribune (Scranton, PA), July 30, 2023

Operation Tidal Wave

Observer-Reporter (Washington, PA), July 27, 2023

US Navy's greatest loss at sea on a single ship included Bradford County sailor

The Daily Review (Towanda, PA), July 25, 2023


New Castle News (PA), July 26, 2023


Morning Times (Sayre, PA), July 26, 2023

Speaking for the Fallen

Left Behind Podcast, July 4, 2023

Volunteers honor local D-Day fallen from 116th Infantry Regiment

Berks Weekly (Reading, PA), June 11, 2023

Remembering the Fallen on D-Day

Council on Foreign Relations, James M. Lindsay and Michelle Kurilla

Stories Behind The Stars: 1st Lieutenant Robert Amans

The Monroe Times (WI), Krista Finstad Hanson, June 6, 2023

Coplay man killed in D-Day invasion remembered in Stories Behind the Stars

Lehigh Valley News (PA), June 6, 2023

Local D-Day fallen remembered

Gettysburg Times (PA), June 6, 2023

Forest County native among those killed on D-Day

Times Observer (Warren, PA), Josh Cotton, June 6, 2023

Volunteers honor local D-Day fallen from 116th Infantry Regiment

Latrobe Bulletin (PA), June 6, 2023

Volunteers honor Bradford County soldier lost in D-Day

The Daily Review (Towanda, PA), June 6, 2023

Danville resident's sacrifice as part of D-Day invading forces recognized

The Daily Item (Sunbury, PA), Rick Dandes, June 5, 2023

Volunteers honor two local D-Day fallen from 116th Infantry Regiment

The Corry Journal (Corry, PA), June 5, 2023

Volunteers honor local D-Day fallen

Daily Courier (Connellsville, PA), June 5, 2023

‘Stories Behind the Stars’: Worcester man honored among D-Day fallen soldiers

The Mercury (Exton, PA), June 5, 2023

Volunteers honor local D-Day fallen from 116th Infantry Regiment

Gettysburg Connection (PA), June 3, 2023

Project honors Oneonta-area soldiers killed during WWII

The Daily Star (Oneonta, NY), Laura Takores, June 1, 2023

Stories to Share?

The Advocate (Marysville, KS), May 31, 2023

Remembering veterans who died in World War II by telling their stories

Sun Journal (Lewiston, ME), Steve Sherlock, May 29, 2023

Memorial Day: Serviceman’s WWII death is among York County stories behind the stars

York Daily Record (York, PA), Jim McClure, May 29, 2023

I help chronicle the lives of those who made the ultimate sacrifice in World War II

The Seattle Times, Carl Sander, May 28, 2023

Stories Behind the Stars

The News Courier (Athens, AL), C.P. Bailey, May 28, 2023

also in Yahoo News

Beyond the names of the slain: Telling the stories of World War II's fallen

Victoria Advocate (VA), Glenda C Booth, May 26, 2023

Honoring the 421,000 WWII Americans Who Never Returned Home

AARP Magazine, Aaron Kassraie, May 4, 2023

Beyond the names of the slain: Telling the stories of World War II's fallen

At Ease Magazine, Glenda C Booth, May 2023

Nearly 80 Years Later, 41 PA Men Who Died In World War II Remembered

Various Pennsylvania news organizations

Kansas volunteers needed for WWII storytelling project

Wichita Eagle, Amy Renee Leiker, January 2, 2023

'Stories Behind the Stars' honor fallen Kansas soldiers

The Active Age (KS), Joe, Stumpe, January 2023

Reeling in the year: A look back at some 2022 characters

The Washington Post, John Kelly, December 25, 2022

All the Pearl Harbor fallen from Oklahoma now have a story

The Ardmoreite (OK), December 16, 2022

Online link not available

Stories behind the Soldiers Who Lost Their Lives at Pearl Harbor

Door County Pulse, (Baileys Harbor WI), December 7, 2022

Two local men, fallen at Pearl Harbor, remembered

The Bradford Era, Marcie Schellhammer (Bradford, PA), December 7, 2022

'A story for each one': Database spotlights those who died at Pear Harbor

The Tribune-Democrat, Dave Sutor (Johnston, PA), December 7, 2022


The Times-Tribune, Dave Sutor (Scranton, PA), December 7, 2022

Volunteers honor memory of locals

Altoona Mirror (PA), December 7, 2022

Stories behind the stars: Volunteers tell the stories of WWII fallen

The Morning Star, Dustin R. Strong (Pittsburg, KS), December 3, 2022,29820

Army veteran collects stories of New Mexicans who fought and died in World War II

Santa Fe New Mexican, Robert Nott, November 24, 2022

We pay tribute to Veterans and invite your stories and remembrances of Veterans in your life

Maine Public Radio, November 11, 2022

Searching for PFC Ira P. Lawless, Jr.

The Wellington Daily News (Kansas), November 8, 2022

Voices of the Vanquished: Stories Behind the Stars aims to honor all World War II dead

USA TODAY, Krista Johnson, November 7, 2022

Stories Behind the Stars seeks volunteers to help identify every World War II fallen from Kansas

The McPherson Sentinel, November 6, 2022

Project Hopes to Identify Kansans Fallen in WWII

The Wellington Daily News, October 26, 2022

Historic project seeks to identify Kansas WWII fallen

The Emporia Gazette, Ryann Brooks, October 22, 2022

Amateur genealogists memorialize World War II soldier

The Times Record (Portland, Maine), John Terhune, October 20, 2022

also at:

Stories Behind the Headstones

The Washingtonian, Damare Baker, August 1, 2022

Bridgeport connection in graphic novel

The Times Leader (Ohio), July 9, 2022

History buffs needed to finish ambitious World War II biography project

KDVR Fox31 (Denver), Jeremy Hubbard, July 9, 2022

Stories Behind the Stars BBC Newshour Interview

BBC Radio International, James Menendez, July 4, 2022

Every military headstone has a story

American Legion Magazine, John Mier, July 2022

Five ways you can remember D-Day on its 78th anniversary: Read about Ohioans who gave their lives

Akron Beacon Journal (OH), June 5, 2022

Utah veteran works to bring home WWII soldier lost at sea after possible aircraft discovered

KSL TV (Salt Lake City), Mike Anderson, May 30, 2022

Movement made to document stories of all 421,000 soldiers who died during World War II

Fox 13 Tampa Bay, Kellie Cowan, May 30, 2022

For Memorial Day, telling the stories behind the gravestones

Washington Post, John Kelly, May 29, 2022

also published in

Guam Daily Post, John Kelly, May 31, 2022

Volunteers needed to tell the stories of every U.S. service member killed in World War II

WBAY-TV ABC2, Chris Roth, May 27, 2022

Organization creates 'Find a Grave' app for soldiers

DC Fox5 News, Stephanie Ramirez, May 27, 2022

Note - the smartphone app shown in the video is used by Stories Behind the Stars but created by our partner Ancestry and their divisions, Find A Grave and Fold3.

'These people gave everything.' Louisville man works to tell stories of nation's WWII dead

Louisville Courier-Journal, Krista Johnson, May 27, 2022

For the stories of those who gave their all in WWII, there's an app for that

Bradford Era (PA), Mandy Colosimo, May 27, 2022

The quest to document the lives of all 421,000 U.S. soldiers who died in WWII

Deseret News, Lee Benson, May 29, 2022

also at:

The audacious quest to document the lives of all 421,000 American soldiers who died in WWII, Lee Benson, May 30, 2022

Volunteers Write Stories of Wisconsin WWII Fallen

Dour County Pulse, May 25, 2022

'Stories Behind the Stars' Wants to Tell the Story of Every American Killed in World War II, Blake Stilwell, May 25, 2022

‘Shouldn’t Remembering Them Mean Knowing More About Them?’

The Zebra (Arlington, Virginia), Kevin Duaray, May 11, 2022

Episode 419 - Photo Of Nebraskan WWII Soldier Completes Cemetery Collection / Volunteer Researcher On Tracking Photos & Stories Of WWII Heroes

Extreme Genes Podcast, April 25, 2022

Coming Up

The Southeastern Sun (Dale County, Alabama), January 7, 2022

Information being sought on World War II soldiers

The Elba Clipper (Coffee County, Alabama), January 6, 2022

USU grad develops app for World War II fallen soldiers nonprofit

The Herald Journal (Logan, Utah), December 8, 2021

by Matt Crabtree

‘Beyond just the name’: Volunteers with Utah ties working to honor every single fallen Pearl Harbor serviceman

ABC 4 (Salt Lake City, Utah), December 7, 2021

by Austin Facer

Attack on Pearl Harbor: December 7, 1941

Fold3 HQ blog, December 2, 2021

by Jenny Ashcraft

Telling stories of WWII fallen buried at Arlington National Cemetery

by Julia LeDoux, December 1, 2021

World War II Fallen Stories

Lisa Louise Cooke's Genealogy Gems YouTube program, November 11, 2021

There Should Only Be One Unknown Soldier

Fox 5 DC, November 11, 2021

by Stephanie Ramirez

Stories Behind the Stars: Volunteers in San Diego help with nationwide storytelling effort of World War II's fallen

CBS 8 San Diego, November 10, 2021

by Abbie Alford

also at

Stories Behind the Stars: National Nonprofit Seeks Volunteers To Write About WWII Veterans Buried at Arlington National Cemetery

The Zebra, November 6, 2021

by Kevin Dauray

Women Who Lost Their Lives During World War II

Fold3 HQ, October 25, 2021

by Jenny Ashcroft

The Typeset: Who lives, who dies, who tells their stories

Nashville Tennessean, October 14, 2021

by Keith Sharon

Sarah Stewart: Local woman writes 68 stories of the WWII fallen

Laclede County Record (Lebanaon, MO)

by Steve Smith

(no online version available)

Octono Falls fallen hero misfiled in National Archives

New Media - WI, August 13, 2021

by Krista Hanson

(no online version available)

V-J Day possible only because of sacrifices like that of 'fearless' Tulsan

Tulsa World, August 13, 2021

by Tim Staley

Search underway for photo of fallen WWII serviceman from Elko

Elko Daily Free Press, August 4, 2021

Town of Fountain World War II veteran recalled

Juneau County Star-Times, July 30, 2021

by Krista Hansen

Louisville resident and many more nationwide working to memorialize America's D-Day fallen with biographies

Louisville Courier Journal, June 22, 2021

by Ken Gordon

News 8 interview with founder of Stories Behind the Stars Don Milne

CBS 8 News San Diego, June 6, 2021

by Abbie Alford


Quest to compile stories of all Americans killed on D-Day includes Columbus volunteer

The Columbus Dispatch, June 6, 2021

by Ken Gordon

D-Day, 6th of June, 1944, is still remembered in honor of Greatest Generation: Viewpoint, June 6, 2021

by Cynthia G. Simison

Online project preserves legacies of Akron area's D-day casualties

Akron Beacon Journal, June 6, 2021

Normandy commemorates D-Day with small crowds, but big heart

WKYC-TV, Cleveland, OH, June 6, 2021

also at:

WMAZ-TV Macon, GA, June 6, 2021

D-Day's 77th Anniversary

Hometown Heroes Radio, June 5, 2021

Interview starts at 42:00 mark

ABC7 Memorial Day Special - Stories Behind the Stars

WWSB ABC7, Sarasota, FL, May 31, 2021

interview starts at 41:05 mark

One local woman is volunteering her time to tell the stories of fallen WWII veterans

WLFI News 18, Lafayette, Indiana, May 31, 2021

by Meredith Hackler

Stories Behind the Stars: Man on a mission to tell the stories of every fallen World War II soldiers

Fox43 TV, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, May 31, 2021

by Chelsea Koerbler

'Stories Behind the Stars' writing legacy of WW2 casualties, heroes

WAAF 48 NBC, Huntsville, May 31, 2021

by Elizabeth Gentle

Progress on WW2 Dead Bios

ExtremeGenes Radio Show, May 31, 2021

interview starts at 10:50 mark

Nonprofit working to preserve stories behind Gold Stars

KUSA 9 News NBC Denver, May 31, 2021

by Gary Shapiro

The sacrifices of the fallen can remind us we must work together to heal the divisions among us

The Hill, May 30, 2021

by Senator Mitt Romney

also at:

Venice resident honors World War II dead through 'Stories Behind the Stars'

Sarasota Herald-Tribune, May 30, 2021

by Earle Kimel

Help tell the stories of 7,000 Alabama WWII casualties

Alabama Huntsville Times, May 30, 2021

by Shelly Haskins

Project aims to records 'stories' of all America's World War II fallen, including some 6,500 Oklahomans.

Tulsa World, May 30, 2021

by Tim Stanley

Group works to immortalize stories of soldiers who died in WWII

WTRV CBS 6 Richmond, VA, May 29, 2021

by Greg McQuade

Lets remember the Stark brothers This Memorial Day

Minneapolis Star Tribune, May 29, 2021

by Curt Brown

Murrieta veteran profiles Americans killed on D-Day

Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, May 27, 2021

by Beau Yarbrough

also in

Los Angeles Daily News, San Gabriel Valley Tribune (Covina), Torrance Daily Breeze, Orange County Register, Whittier Daily News, Redlands Daily Facts, Pasadena Star News, San Bernardino Sun, Riverside Press Enterprise, and Long Beach Press Telegram.

Stories Behind the Stars: An extraordinary commitment to our fallen World War II heroes

We Are The Mighty, May 27, 2021

by Jennifer Manfre

Over 400,000 Americans lost their lives in WW II, and today volunteers help find their stories

The Lisa Show, BYU Radio, May 18, 2021

Stories Behind the Stars is finding volunteers to write the stories of all 400,000+ US WWII fallen

Top of Mind with Julie Rose, BYU Radio and XM Radio, May 3, 2021

Telling the Stories of All 400,000+ US World War II Fallen

The Family History Guide, April 4, 2021

by Don Milne

Stories Behind the Stars

The Blue Bonnet: USS Houston, Vol 79, Issue 1 * April 2021, page 18

by John K Schwarz

(no online version)

Stories of the WWII Fallen

Family Tree Magazine, March/April 2021 issue, page 7

Owed to the Fallen

Y Magazine, Winter 2021 Issue

by Andrew T. Bay

The Stories Behind the Stars: Uncovering Personal Stories of the WWII Fallen

Fold3 HQ by Ancestry Blog, January 19, 2021

by Jenny Ashcroft

Stories Behind the Stars: Remembering U.S. WWII Fallen

MyHeritage Blog, January 19, 2021

by Esther Shuman

Don Milne: "Stories Behind The Stars"

The Untold Story with Martha MacCallum

Fox News Martha MacCallum Podcast, December 17, 2020

Volunteers Trace Memories of the Fallen

World War II Magazine, December 2020

(no online versions available)

Volunteers needed for ambitious WWII memorial project

The Pueblo Chieftain, November 11, 2020

by Jon Pompia

Stories of World War II veterans compiled, November 10, 2020

by Katie Davis Skelley

Help this history buff on a mission to tell the stories of thousands of WWII fallen troops Connecting Vets Program, November 9, 2020, KYW Newsradio 1060 (Philadelphia)

by Julia LeDoux

Milburn woman uses lockdown to write stories of veterans

Sanpete Messenger, November 5, 2020

by Robert Stevens

The Stories Behind Rutherford's World War II Heroes

This is Rutherford, October 5, 2020

by Jennifer Ersalesi

Utah man stops at Fort McPherson National Cemetery in quest to tell story of those who died in WWII

North Platte Telegraph, September 29, 2020

by Tim Johnson

Join the effort to profile every Alabama World War II casualty

Huntsville AL newspaper, September 27, 2020

by Shelly Haskins

History buff needs your help telling stories of all 400,000 US military deaths in World War II

NDVR TV (Denver), September 16, 2020, Replayed on Fox5 (San Diego) on Sep 17, WGNTV (Chicago) on Sep 17, Fox40 (Sacramento, CA) on Sep 17, WTAJ (Altoona, PA) on Sep 20, WAVY (Portsmouth, VA) on Sep 28, KXAN (Austin, TX) on Oct 1, ABC27 (Harrisburg, PA) on Oct 1, KOIN (Portland, OR) on Oct 1, ABC4 (Salt Lake) on Oct 1, Fox4KC (Kansas City) on Oct 5, WETM (Elmira, NY) on Oct 18, CW33 (Dallas) on October 21, WLAX (La Crosse, WI) on Nov 3

by Jeremy Hubbard

LCN Archives Help Researcher Honor Local Airman Killed in WWII

The Lincoln County News, August 25, 2020

by Maia Zewert

Remembering the four Manitowoc sailors lost in USS Indianapolis sinking 75 years ago

Herald Times Reporter, August 7, 2020

by Krista Finstad Hanson

Project aims to tell the stories of Newarkers who died in World War II

Newark Post, August 7, 2020

by Josh Shannon

Viewpoints, USS Indianapolis anniversary: Four Savannahians among ill-fated crew

Savannah Morning News, August 2, 2020

by Rona Simmons & Don Milne

'Heroic conduct': Marietta man survived sinking of the USS Indianapolis in 1945

Marietta Daily Journal, August 1, 2020

by Rona Simmons

(webpage not available)

'Stories Behind the Stars' to tell story of every soldier who died in WWII, including 9,300 from Tennessee

The Tennessean, July 29, 2020

by Carmel Kookogey

Episode 335 – One Man Seeks 400,000 WWII Obits

Extreme Genes Radio Show, July 19, 2020

Don Milne interviewed by Scott Fisher (begins at 10:40 mark)

Utah man needs your help sharing stories of over 400K fallen WWII soldiers

KSL, July 4, 2020

by Arianne Brown

Utah Historian Creates Project To Remember Local Soldiers Who Died During WWII

Utah Public Radio, July 2, 2020

by Eliza Hardy

Everyday Hero: Utah man wants to tell the story of every American who died in WWII

Provo Daily Herald, June 29, 2020

by Connor Richards

Photo by Isaac Hale for Daily Herald

Everyday Heroes: Bountiful resident wants to memorialize every soldier who died during WWII, looking for help

Ogden Standard Examiner, June 27, 2020

by Mitch Shaw

Volunteer researchers chip in to remember World War II's fallen

Minneapolis Star Tribune, May 24, 2020

by Curt Brown

Stories about WW2 Fallen 100 project that preceded Stories Behind the Stars:

Utah man honors fallen World War II vets on 100th birthdays

KSL Radio, November 12, 2018

by Peter Samore

Utahn's project honors World War II fallen

Deseret News, November 10, 2018

by Jasen Lee

He remembers the fallen on their 100th birthday

Pueblo Chieftain, September 30, 2018

by Peter Roper

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