This Day in History: David C. Waybur single-handedly takes out a tank

On this day in 1943, a U.S. soldier engages in an action that would earn him the Medal of Honor. Would you believe that he took out a tank with a tommy gun!?! Allied forces were then engaged in an invasion of Sicily, the large Mediterranean island just off the “toe” of Italy. First Lt. […]

This Day in History: Thomas A. Baker’s bravery during a banzai charge

On this day in 1916, a future Medal of Honor recipient is born. Thomas A. Baker would spend his 28th birthday fighting in the World War II Battle of Saipan. He would live to see his birthday, but just barely. He was killed in action a few days later. Naturally, he went down fighting. The […]

This Day in History: Ronald Eric Ray’s action against the Viet Cong

On this day in 1966, a United States Army lieutenant leads his company in an action against the Viet Cong. Ronald Eric Ray would receive the Medal of Honor for his bravery and leadership on this day so long ago. One has to wonder if Ray was practically destined for such military service? He was […]

This Day in History: Paul J. Wiedorfer’s Christmas Day charge

On this day in 1945, a soldier receives a ticker tape parade in Baltimore. Paul J. Wiedorfer had charged through snow and ice on Christmas Day during the Battle of the Bulge. It should have been a suicidal run, but he’d survived his fearless charge relatively unscathed. Unfortunately, serious wounds came several weeks later, during […]

This Day in History: An American sailor, captured by a German submarine

On this day in 1918, a Navy lieutenant is held as a German prisoner. Edouard Victor Michel Izac had been captured just a few days earlier, when an American troop transport was torpedoed by the German submarine U-90. After launching its torpedoes, the German submarine circled back around to confront the crew of USS President […]