This Day in History: Mitchell Paige & the Battle of Guadalcanal

On this day in 1918, a hero is born. Mitchell Paige would volunteer for the Marines on his 18th birthday—and he even walked 200 miles to Baltimore to do it! He soon discovered that he didn’t technically weigh enough to join the Marines. Undeterred, he sat there, eating bananas and drinking water until he made himself […]

This Day in History: The odd duel between Christopher Gadsden and Robert Howe

On this day in 1778, Brigadier General Christopher Gadsden and Major General Robert Howe engage in a duel. Perhaps you remember Gadsden for the “Don’t Tread on Me” flag that was named after him? The duel was the culmination of a long-running dispute over rank. Then-Brigadier General Howe had been put in charge of Continental […]

This Day in History: USS Memphis is wrecked by a massive tidal wave

On this day in 1916, a U.S. Navy armored cruiser is wrecked by a massive tidal wave. USS Memphis was effectively destroyed and dozens of her crew were lost. Three sailors would earn the Medal of Honor for their actions that day. One of the three Medals had to be awarded posthumously. Perhaps the tragedy […]

This Day in History: John Stark, the “Hero of Bennington”

On this day in 1728, a future Revolutionary War hero is born. John Stark is perhaps best known for coining the motto, “Live Free or Die!” Okay, so technically he wasn’t the first to use the phrase, but his usage was certainly memorable! “Live Free or Die,” he wrote in 1809. “Death is not the […]