This Day in History: One-time pacifist Alvin York earns a Medal of Honor

On this day in 1918, then-Corporal Alvin York distinguishes himself for bravery in a battle near Chatel-Chehery, France. The one-time pacifist took out a machine gun nest! He would later be awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions. York was born in December 1887, the son of Tennessee farmers. He worked the farm and […]

This Day in History: James H. Monroe’s bravery in Vietnam

During this week in 1944, a future Medal of Honor recipient is born. Exactly 24 years later, James H. Monroe was awarded the Medal on what would have been his birthday!   Unfortunately, Monroe never lived to see the day. Instead, his family received the Medal on his behalf. Did you know that we have at […]

This Day in History: Charles Coolidge refuses to surrender

On this day in 1944, Charles H. Coolidge begins a four-day ordeal that would ultimately earn him the Medal of Honor. At the time, he barely even knew what the Medal was! He’d heard of it only because Sergeant Alvin York had grown up about 100 miles away from his hometown in Tennessee. Coolidge had joined […]

Medal of Honor Monday: Charles H. Coolidge refuses to surrender

On this day in 1944, Charles H. Coolidge begins a four-day ordeal that would ultimately earn him the Medal of Honor. At the time, he barely even knew what the Medal was! He’d heard of it only because Sergeant Alvin York had grown up about 100 miles away from his hometown in Tennessee. Coolidge had […]