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Update: creating a story of every WWII fallen buried in Arlington National Cemetery

Over the past 15 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 April 11, 2023.


In the past month, the number of unassigned names have dropped by 1,000, leaving 1,800 to go. Keeping this pace for the next two months may get all names assigned out by Memorial Day. Sometimes assigned names don't get done, so the more people we have, the less likely we will have leftover names by Memorial Day.


To increase our chances of finishing in time, 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 half 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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