This Day in History: Dirk J. Vlug & his one-man attack on enemy tanks

During this week in 1916, a hero is born. Like so many in his generation, Dirk J. Vlug would be called upon to fight evil half a globe away. “We all told our friends and wives and sweethearts that we’d be back in a year. But we didn’t get back in a year. We didn’t […]

This Day in History: Joe Ronnie Hooper, most decorated soldier in Vietnam

On this day in 1938, a future Medal of Honor recipient is born. Joe Ronnie Hooper would serve in both the Army and the Navy, and he would become one of our nation’s most decorated soldiers. Those who knew his rough background surely didn’t expect him to become a war hero. Hooper’s father wasn’t the […]

This Day in History: Medals of Honor during Operation Tidal Wave

On this day in 1943, Operation Tidal Wave begins. Nearly 180 Consolidated B-24 Liberator bombers embark on a lengthy mission to destroy oil refineries in Ploesti, Romania. The mission has been called the “longest, bloodiest, most heroic bombing mission in history.” The day would come to be known as Black Sunday. Five men would receive […]

This Day in History: Lt. Col. Matt Urban & his Medal of Honor

On this day in 1980, Lt. Col. Matt Urban receives the Medal of Honor. That Medal had been a long time coming: Urban’s bravery came years earlier, during World War II. Usually, Medals are awarded for bravery during one particular conflict or for a specific act. But Urban received his Medal for continuous acts of […]