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The race to creating a story of every WWII fallen buried in Arlington National Cemetery

Over the past 14 months more than 150 volunteers have been writing the stories of the WWII fallen buried at Arlington National Cemetery. This map gives a visual update of where we are as of March 6, 2023.


In the past month, the number of unassigned names have dropped by 800, leaving 2,800 to go. Keeping this pace for the next three months will still leave us a few hundred names short by Memorial Day.


It would be fantastic to get the remaining stories completed by this Memorial Day. To do that we can use the help of many more volunteers. It only takes 2-3 hours to research and write a story. If someone gives up a night of Netflix once a week, he or she could do about a dozen stories by Memorial Day.


We provide free training and free access to Ancestry, Newspapers, and Fold3 to aid in researching.


To find out more, email don@storiesbehindthestars.org.


A big thanks is due to:

  • Arlington National Cemetery for providing us with a list of burials from 1941 to 1946.

  • Dozens of volunteers who worked on this list to identify those who were World War II fallen (we excluded family members and veterans from before WWII).

  • Our nine section directors who have worked on the 50 sections containing WWII fallen.

  • See list of volunteers here.

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