This Day in History: The Medals of Honor earned on D-Day

On this day in 1944, Allied troops land on the beaches of Normandy, France. The D-Day invasion was underway! Did you know that four soldiers earned Medals of Honor that day? They came from a variety of backgrounds. One was a minor league baseball player. One was a salesman. One was the son of a […]

This Week in History: Staff Sgt. Jon R. Cavaiani’s bravery in Vietnam

During this week in 1971, a soldier engages in an action that would ultimately earn him the Medal of Honor. Staff Sgt. Jon R. Cavaiani had stayed with his men, even after he’d been directly ordered to leave. He managed to save almost everyone in his platoon—except himself. Cavaiani found himself wounded and on the run […]

This Day in History: Medal of Honor recipients at the Battle of Anzio

During this week in 1944, Allied forces begin an effort that would ultimately bring the World War II Battle of Anzio to an end. That battle to help free Italy from the Axis powers had been ongoing for months! Twenty-two Americans would ultimately receive a Medal of Honor for their contributions to the effort. But […]

This Day in History: Heroism at the Battle of the Coral Sea

On this day in 1942, the multi-day Battle of the Coral Sea is waged. Three United States Navy officers would receive the Medal of Honor for their bravery during the intense battle. The Japanese were then on offense, trying to establish bases in and around New Guinea. They had just one small problem: The United […]

This Day in History: Captain Jay Vargas & his 3-day ordeal in Vietnam

On this day in 1968, a United States Marine leads an attack on the village of Dai Do in Vietnam. Jay Vargas and his men would persevere through a 3-day battle with little to no sleep. Captain Vargas showed such bravery during the conflict that he would ultimately receive the Medal of Honor. There was […]