This Day in History: George Washington escapes across the Delaware

On this day in 1776, American forces complete an escape across the Delaware River. It was just the latest in a long string of retreats from the British army. Surely George Washington was beginning to get tired of it all? If only he and his men could have known that the miraculous victory at Trenton […]

This Day in History: The Attack on Pearl Harbor

On this day in 1941, the Japanese launch an attack on the United States naval base at Pearl Harbor. You already know the basics of the story, but do you know about the 16 men who received Medals of Honor for their bravery on this day 75 years ago? Some of the acts were relatively […]

This Day in History: USS Jacob Jones is torpedoed by a German submarine

On this day in 1917, the destroyer USS Jacob Jones is torpedoed as she travels near the Isles of Scilly. Jacob Jones would prove to be the first American destroyer lost to an enemy submarine during World War I. Jacob Jones left for Europe almost as soon as the United States declared war on Germany […]

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 […]

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