This Day in History: Pfc. Joseph Rodriguez & his fearless charge up a hill

On this day in 1951, Private First Class Joseph Rodriguez makes a fearless charge up a hill. Did he even notice the enemy grenades rolling toward him? Rodriguez would ultimately receive the Medal of Honor for his bravery. Rodriguez must have had his father’s words echoing in his ears that day. “He raised me up,” […]

This Day in History: Billy Halyburton’s sacrifice to save a wounded Marine

On this day in 1945, a United States Navy hospital corpsman is killed during an attempt to save a wounded Marine. William David Halyburton would receive the Medal of Honor for his bravery. Unfortunately, many such sacrifices would be made during the Battle of Okinawa—one of the bloodiest battles of World War II. Halyburton was […]

Medal of Honor Monday: The Battle of the Coral Sea & three brave Navy officers

On this day in 1942, the Battle of the Coral Sea comes to a close. One United States aircraft carrier, USS Lexington, takes a devastating blow and is lost. Another carrier, USS Yorktown, is seriously damaged. In the meantime, three United States Navy officers take actions that would ultimately earn them the Medal of Honor. […]

This Day in History: MOH recipient Jay Vargas leads an attack on Dai Do

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 […]

This Day in History: Thomas Norris & a multi-day rescue effort in Vietnam

On this day in 1972, a Navy SEAL begins a multi-day rescue that would ultimately earn him the Medal of Honor. Two U.S. Air Force pilots had been shot down behind enemy lines! Making matters worse, one of the downed pilots knew critical information about U.S. capabilities. It was Thomas R. Norris’s job to make […]