This Week in History: The Battle of the Coral Sea, the Bonus Army, Dicey Langston’s courageous dash

Happy Sunday! Attached is a summary of my “morning history” posts from this past week. Enjoy and have a great week!

Monday, May 8

Medal of Honor Monday! On this day in 1942, the Battle of the Coral Sea comes to a close. One United States aircraft carrier, USS Lexington, takes a devastating blow and is lost. Another carrier, USS Yorktown, is seriously damaged. In the meantime, three United States Navy officers take actions that would ultimately earn them the Medal of Honor. FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Google+; Instagram

Tuesday, May 9

On this day in 1768, John Hancock’s merchant sloop, the Liberty, enters the Port of Boston. Little did the people of Boston know that “the Liberty Affair” was about to begin—and it would catapult Hancock to nationwide prominence. FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Google+; Instagram

Wednesday, May 10

On this day in 1730, a signer of the Declaration of Independence is born. If you’ve heard a story about George Ross, it probably wasn’t about his signature, though. It was probably about the woman that his nephew married: Betsy Ross. Legend has it that George Ross brought George Washington to the seamstress’s shop during May or June of 1776 when General Washington needed a new flag for his army. FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Google+; Instagram

Bonus quote: At about this time in 1788, Alexander Hamilton (a.k.a. Publius) was writing Federalist Paper No. 83: “And as to the conduct of the officers of the revenue, the provision in favor of trial by jury in criminal cases, will afford the security aimed at. Wilful abuses of a public authority, to the oppression of the subject, and every species of official extortion, are offenses against the government, for which the persons who commit them may be indicted and punished according to the circumstances of the case.” MORE: Permalink

Thursday, May 11

On this day in 1779, a signer of the Declaration of Independence passes away. He’d risked everything for the Patriot cause, yet he did not even live to see the end of the war. In many ways, John Hart’s story is rather simple. There was no flashy moment of heroism during a critical battle, nor was there a stunning “Give me liberty or death”-type moment that stirred a crowd. Instead, Hart’s story is similar to that of so many of our nation’s unsung heroes: He simply stayed the course. FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Google+; Instagram

Bonus post: On this day in 1775, delegates from the American colonies convene in a Continental Congress. They’d met the day before to appoint officers and to ask that the Reverend Duché be available to start the next day’s proceedings with prayer. Now they were ready to get down to business. The Congress was badly needed! Armed conflict between Great Britain and her colonies had broken out mere weeks before at Lexington and Concord. MORE:  Facebook

Friday, May 12

On this day in 1933, a so-called “Bonus Army” protests in Washington, D.C. Less than one year earlier, the original Bonus Army had been driven out of town by none other than General Douglas MacArthur. The U.S. Army forcing U.S. veterans out of town? Not a pretty sight. FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Google+

Bonus quote: On this day in 1781, a female hero makes a little-known sacrifice for the Patriot cause. A widow, Rebecca Motte, gave Brigadier General Francis Marion (“the Swamp Fox”) and Lt. Colonel “Light Horse Harry” Lee permission to burn down her home! MORE:  Permalink; Facebook; Instagram

Saturday, May 13

On this day in 1968, Staff Sergeant Reckless passes away. This particular United States Marine was a horse. Yes, you read that right. The horse was so valuable to (and loved by) the Marines that she was promoted all the way up to Staff Sergeant. FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Google+; Instagram

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Sunday, May 14

On this day in 1766, a little-known Patriot is born in South Carolina. At the age of 15, Dicey Langston would make a Paul Revere-like dash in the middle of the night. Revere was fortunate to have a horse: Dicey had only her feet! She also had the swift currents of a local river standing between her and her destination. FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Google+; Instagram