This Day in History: Roger Donlon and the Battle of Nam Dong

On this day in 1964, a Medal of Honor is issued to Army Captain Roger Donlon. It would be the first medal issued for an action in the Vietnam War. “[Born and raised] one of ten children,” he later explained. “Right after the Depression, so that paints the picture. Things were tough.” But his parents […]

This Day In History: George Washington’s final farewell to his army

On this day in 1783, George Washington says his final goodbye to a group of officers at Fraunces Tavern in New York. New York had served as the British headquarters throughout the long years of the war. It was the last city to be evacuated when the war was over! On November 25, however, the […]

This Day in History: Were the British engaged in an early form of biological warfare?

On this day in 1775, Americans hear a report that British General William Howe is working to spread smallpox among their ranks! Was it an early form of biological warfare? Smallpox was a major problem during the American Revolution. The Army Heritage Center Foundation explains: “Because smallpox was common in England, most British soldiers had […]

This Day in History: A Quaker woman overhears British soldiers plotting an attack

On this day in 1777, a Quaker woman overhears British soldiers plotting an attack on George Washington’s army. She decides to act! Lydia Darragh was then living in British-occupied Philadelphia. She’d stayed in the city, despite the fact that many other Americans had evacuated. The Quakers were pacifists, so they were assumed neutral and not […]

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