Cambridge-Isanti History Teacher Works to Tell the Story of a Fallen WWII Hero

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Release dated: 
May 2, 2017
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Lauren Peck, Minnesota Historical Society, 651-259-3137, lauren.peck@mnhs.org
Gary Pettit, National History Day, 301-405-0536, gary@nhd.org

Cambridge-Isanti History Teacher Works to Tell the Story of a Fallen WWII Hero

Cambridge, MN—Jeremy Miller is researching the life of Corporal Warren Bolin and is looking for help telling this hero’s story as part of the Understanding Sacrifice program. Produced by National History Day® and sponsored by the American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) and the National Cemetery Administration, the program takes 18 educators from around the country on a journey of learning and discovery. By researching the story of an American service member who made the ultimate sacrifice during World War II, program participants can be the voice of these Americans who died decades ago.

Miller teaches at Cambridge-Isanti High School and will deliver a eulogy for Corporal Bolin at the Honolulu Memorial at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in July. But, before he can do this, he needs help from those who may have known this Fallen Hero. Corporal Bolin lived in St. James, Minnesota.

“I discovered that Corporal Bolin studied aeronautical engineering at the University of Minnesota prior to enlisting. He served on an aircrew assigned to VMB-612, a Marine bomber unit flying PBJ-1s, the naval version of the B-25. His aircraft went missing in February 1945 after departing Saipan on a mission to the Bonin Islands,” said Miller. “I would like to find out more about his time at the University of Minnesota and his time in the Marine Corps.”

If you have any information about Corporal Warren Bolin please contact Miller at jmiller@c-ischools.org.

The Understanding Sacrifice program was created to reinvigorate WWII teaching in the classroom. It is a partnership between National History Day, the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media at George Mason University, and the American Battle Monuments Commission. To learn more about the program, visit ABMCeducation.org.

About National History Day
NHD is a non-profit education organization in College Park, MD. Established in 1974, NHD offers year-long academic programs that engage over half a million middle- and high-school students around the world annually in conducting original research on historical topics of interest. These research-based projects are entered into contests at the local and affiliate levels, where the top student projects have the opportunity to advance to the National Contest at the University of Maryland at College Park. NHD also seeks to improve the quality of history education by providing professional development opportunities and curriculum materials for educators. NHD is sponsored in part by HISTORY®, Jostens, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Park Service, Southwest Airlines, the Joe Weider Foundation, and the WEM 2000 Foundation of the Dorsey & Whitney Foundation. For more information, visit nhd.org.

About National History Day in Minnesota
National History Day in Minnesota is a cocurricular historical research program that builds college readiness and communication skills for middle and high school students. 27,000 students from over 250 schools participate in Minnesota each year. The program in Minnesota is a partnership of the Minnesota Historical Society and the University of Minnesota, College of Liberal Arts. Program support for is also provided by the Legacy Amendment's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the vote of Minnesotans on Nov. 4, 2008. For more information, visit education.mnhs.org/historyday.

The Minnesota Historical Society is a non-profit educational and cultural institution established in 1849. MNHS collects, preserves and tells the story of Minnesota’s past through museum exhibits, libraries and collections, historic sites, educational programs and book publishing. Using the power of history to transform lives, MNHS preserves our past, shares our state’s stories and connects people with history.

The Minnesota Historical Society is supported in part by its Premier Partners: Xcel Energy and Explore Minnesota Tourism.

About The American Battle Monuments Commission
Established by Congress in 1923, the American Battle Monuments Commission commemorates the service, achievements, and sacrifice of U.S. armed forces. ABMC administers 25 overseas military cemeteries, and 27 memorials, monuments, and markers. For more information visit abmc.gov, or connect with us on FacebookYouTube or Instagram.

About the National Cemetery Administration
Established in 1973, VA’s National Cemetery Administration (NCA) operates 135 national cemeteries and 33 soldiers’ lots and monument sites in 40 states and Puerto Rico. More than 4 million Americans, including Veterans of every war and conflict, are buried in VA’s national cemeteries. NCA also provides funding to establish, expand, improve, and maintain 104 Veterans cemeteries in 47 states and territories including tribal trust lands, Guam, and Saipan. For Veterans not buried in a VA national cemetery, VA provides headstones, markers or medallions to commemorate their service. In 2015, VA honored more than 353,000 Veterans and their loved ones with memorial benefits in national, state, tribal and private cemeteries.

About The Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media (RRCHNM)
For the past twenty years, the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media (RRCHNM) at George Mason University has used digital media to advance history education, preserve and present history online, and transform scholarship. RRCHNM is a democratic, collaborative space where scholars, developers, designers, and researchers work together to advance history education and digital humanities. Each year RRCHNM’s many project websites receive over 24 million visitors. For more information, visit  chnm.gmu.edu.