This Day in History: Wilburn K. Ross single-handedly holds off German forces

On this day in 1922, a future Medal of Honor recipient is born. Then-Private Wilburn K. Ross would engage in a virtual one-man battle against German forces for an unbelievable 5 hours. Ross had come a long way from the days when he’d ignored his first draft notice. He’d been a Kentucky native living in […]

This Day in History: Michael P. Murphy’s heroism in Afghanistan

On this day in 1976, a future Medal of Honor recipient is born. U.S. Navy SEAL Lt. Michael P. Murphy would become the first sailor to receive the Medal since the Vietnam War. It’s been said that Murphy’s “death was cut from the same cloth as his life.” Indeed, the young Lieutenant had long been […]

This Day in History: Joe Hayashi and “the Purple Heart Battalion”

On this day in 1945, a U.S. Army private participates in an action that would earn him the Medal of Honor. Joe Hayashi’s mom and stepdad had been sent to an American internment camp. Would you believe that he was still serving as a U.S. soldier? Those were the days when the U.S. Government wasn’t […]

This Day in History: Milton “Skipper” Olive makes the ultimate sacrifice

On this day in 1966, the Medal of Honor is posthumously awarded to Pfc. Milton “Skipper” Olive III. He was the first black soldier to receive the Medal during the Vietnam War. But perhaps another contribution he made was even more important? Men like Olive helped to ease racial tensions in our military, despite the difficult […]