Footsteps Researchers

During WWII, more than sixteen million American men and women served in the US Armed Forces. These men and women veterans are our families. They are parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and siblings.

Your veteran has a story—maybe one that’s never been told. We can help. Let’s start at the beginning: Imagine that your veteran’s story is a puzzle yet to be taken from the box. Many individual pieces have to come together from different places before the story can come to life.

An international team researches and assembles your veteran’s unique puzzle. This process begins with Myra and her team of researchers at the National Archives in St. Louis and College Park, Maryland (NARA). The Archives' vast collection of World War II military personnel records allows us to access and lay the foundation for a detailed picture of your soldier’s activity during or after their service. Our European team members Joey, Florent, Bob, Alessio, Loic, Ben, and Nils use archives, battlefield documents, local testimonies, historians, and other European sources to retrace your veteran’s path. On the Pacific side, Joey is our expert. We also have a military artist, a merchandise designer, and individuals dedicated to special projects to aid in our search. Click here to learn more about our full team of researchers. 

Our combined efforts and access to the most extensive WWII resources allow us to create the most complete picture of your veteran’s experience. Our mission is to help you learn more about your family.

We excel in presenting your veteran’s information in the format most meaningful to you—in writing, maps, video-documentary, or even tours.

Archival Research
Our team is a selected group of highly qualified professionals specializing in tracing your veteran day-by-day through their service in the U.S. Armed Forces. Our researchers are experienced in archival research at NARA St. Louis and NARA College Park. Click here to learn more about our Research Services.
Footsteps Tours
Footsteps Researchers offers battlefield tours led by our knowledgeable, experienced guides who live in key areas where our soldiers served. Through our Gold and Silver Tours, we provide unique experiences that trace the footsteps of your beloved veteran. Click here to learn more about our Footsteps Tours.
Documentaries
Our team members are highly skilled experts who have traveled the world to film and record the stories of WWII veterans. We are credited for our research and contributions in numerous documentary film projects. Click here to contact us!
Public Speaking
The history of the Greatest Generation should never be forgotten. We are available to speak at events or workshops to educate future generations, bring closure, and add to our individual and national identity. Click here to contact us!
Relic Returns
Through specialized archival and genealogical research, Footsteps Researchers is able to connect long-lost relics with families of veterans who originally owned the item. It is our privilege and honor to serve as relic guardians through our program, LEGACY: Lost and Found. Click here to learn more about relic returns.

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Our Team

Footsteps Researchers' core team members and battlefield tour guides encompass the globe! Click her to meet the entire team of experts from the  USA and Europe.
Myra Miller, Ph.D.
Myra Miller, Ph.D.

Co-founder & Team Leader

Joey van Meesen, M.A.
Joey van Meesen, M.A.

Co-founder & Lead Researcher

Kathryn Vicat, B.A.
Kathryn Vicat, B.A.

Team Manager

Florent Plana, M.A.
Florent Plana, M.A.

Normandy - Tour Guide & Expert

Bob Konings
Bob Konings

Battle of the Bulge - Tour Guide & Expert

Alessio Parisi, M.A.
Alessio Parisi, M.A.

Italy - Tour Guide & Expert

Loic Jankowiak
Loic Jankowiak

Southern France - Tour Guide & Expert

Ben Nightingale, M.S.
Ben Nightingale, M.S.

England - Special Projects Researcher

Nils Hagemann
Nils Hagemann

Germany - Special Projects Researcher