The 80th anniversary of the end of World War II comes up next year, 2025. With so many WWII veterans dying, September 2, 2025, is the date that has been set to finish a meaningful project — a project that will forever preserve a piece of our history and be a tribute to the families of the fallen heroes.

"Stories Behind the Stars" (SBTS) is writing the stories of the 6,300 Alabama heroes who died in WWII. They have already completed 4,700 of the bios. You can help.

Across the nation, other state affiliates of the project have a huge task – complete the stories of all 421,000 Americans who gave their lives defending America against the Axis and Japanese powers. Nearly 1,000 volunteers are working, working, working in all 51 states and 13 other countries.

SBTS is a nationwide non-profit, all-volunteer effort to research and write all the stories. Details about the project are here.

The Alabama state director is Bob Fuerst, a NASA engineer from Huntsville.

Fuerst leads the volunteers who have written the stories of over 4,700 of the 6,300 WWII fallen from Alabama. The stories of these heroes from across Alabama are being shared daily here.

Many more volunteers are needed to accomplish this goal.

YOU can make a difference in this project. To volunteer, e-mail [email protected]

There are at least four things you can do to help:

  • Visit and Like the Alabama Facebook page.

  • INVITE all your Facebook friends to like the page by, after liking it yourself, clicking the three dots … and finding "Invite Friends." In some browsers, this feature appears in a different place but works the same. You can quickly and easily invite any friends who may consider helping with this project.

  • Consider volunteering to write one or many bios of these Alabama heroes. Bob Fuerst has developed a guide that will walk you through how to do this.

  • SHARE this article via Facebook, e-mail or other means. 

Jim Zeigler is a former Alabama Public Service Commissioner and State Auditor. You can reach him for comments at [email protected].

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