Ripley High School teacher Sarah Gallagher is researching the life of Corporal Leroy Ferguson 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.
Gallagher teaches at Ripley High School in Ripley and will deliver a eulogy for Corporal Ferguson 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. Corporal Ferguson was born in in Huntington, West Virginia and lived in that vacinity all his life.
“Leroy Ferguson was the son of Mordecai D. Ferguson and Mary Polly Ferguson. He entered the service on May 3, 1917, at age 20. He was a part of the 32nd Division, 64th Infantry Brigade, 128th Infantry Regiment, Company K. He was killed in action on October 6, 1918, just a over a month before the end of the war,” said Gallagher. “I would like to find out more about his family and life prior to his service. I am looking for anyone who has known any of his relatives or is related to Corporal Ferguson.”
If you have any information about Corporal Leroy Ferguson, please contact Mrs. Gallagher at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
About the U.S. World War I Centennial Commission
The World War I Centennial Commission was created by Congress in 2013 to provide educational programs, public outreach, and commemorative events, regarding America’s involvement in World War I. Information on the Commission can be found here ww1cc.org.
Founded in 2003, the Pritzker Military Museum & Library, located in downtown Chicago, is a nonprofit center where citizens and soldiers come together to learn about military history and affairs. The Museum and Library feature an extensive collection of books, programs, artifacts, and rotating exhibits covering many eras and branches of the military. Programs include a lending library, the archives, recorded TV shows, podcasts and oral histories, and museum exhibits. To learn more about the Pritzker Military Museum & Library, visit www.pritzkermilitary.org or @PritzkerMilitaryLibrary on Facebook.