MSMS History Teacher Honors the Heroes of World War II
Today is Victory in Europe Day. It marks the 70th anniversary of Nazi Germany's unconditional surrender to the Allied Forces.
With celebrations taking place all over Europe and the United States, MSMS history teacher, Ms. Julie Heintz, is doing something a little different to honor those who sacrificed their lives in World War II.
Ms. Heintz is working with National History Day (NHD) and the American Battle Monuments Commissions (ABMC) to develop resources that will assist educators in teaching World War II. Monday marked the launch of phase one of the new teacher resource, www.abmceducation.org.
"Ms. Heintz and the other contributing teachers have demonstrated extraordinary scholarship and research skills," said NHD Executive Director Dr. Cathy Gorn. "As we lose the WWII generation, these stories and lessons are designed to preserve the legacy of those who gave so much."
Ms. Heintz has been studying the story of Captain Charles Dunbar Lancaster
Hewes, a member of the U.S. Army Air Forces’ 335th Fighter Squadron, 4th
Fighter Group. Captain Hewes served in both the Pacific and European theaters of
war, flying pursuit planes and B-25 bombers in the Pacific. He returned to the
United States and volunteered for duty in Europe, where he was shot down during the Battle of the Bulge. Hewes ejected from his aircraft, and was taken as a Prisoner of War by the German Army. He died on February 13, 1945.
Next year MSMS will offer a course on World War II, to be taught by Heintz.
For more information about the new WWII resource and to sign up to receive email updates when the full resource comes online, go to the ABMC Education website.