05/08/2019 Release from National History Day:

Stanardsville, VA - Stephanie Hammer is researching the life of Private William D. Call and is looking for help telling this hero’s story as part of the Memorializing the Fallen - a teacher professional development program from National History Day®. Sponsored by the U.S. World War I Centennial Commission and the Pritzker Military Museum & Library, the program takes educators on the journey of a lifetime to rediscover the history of World War I and invigorate its teaching in America’s classrooms.

By researching the story of a Silent Hero®, an American service member who made the ultimate sacrifice during World War I, program participants can be the voice of these Americans who died a century ago.

Hammer teaches at William Monroe Middle School in Stanardsville and will deliver a eulogy for Private Call at the Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery in June. However, before she can do this, she needs help from those who may have connections to this Silent Hero. Private Call was born in Madison, Virginia and lived in Stanardsville, Virginia and Wilmington, Delaware.

“William Denison Call, born on October 4, 1892 was the son of Millard and Fannie Call of Stanardsville, Virginia. On Mar 24, 1918, Call enlisted in the U.S. Army and served with the 4th Division, 39th Infantry, Machine Gun Company. He died from injuries received in the line of duty on September 29, 1918, in Malincourt, France,” said Hammer. “I would like to know more about his life prior to service. It is possible that he attended Parrott School and was taught by Miss Parrott. I would like to
know more about his school experiences. He spent some time in Wilmington, Delaware working as a machinist. I would like to know why he moved away to work.”

If you have any information about Private William D. Call, please contact Ms. Hammer at shammer@greenecountyschools.com.

About National History Day (NHD)

NHD is a non-profit organization based in College Park that seeks to improve the teaching and learning of history. The National History Day Contest was established in 1974 and currently engages more than half a million students in conducting
original research on historical topics of interest. Students present their research as a documentary, exhibit, paper, performance, or website. Projects compete first at the local and affiliate levels. The top entries are invited to the National Contest at the University of Maryland at College Park. NHD is sponsored in part by HISTORY®, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Park Service, and Southwest Airlines. For more information, visit nhd.org.