This Day in History: The Medals of Honor at Pearl Harbor

On this day in 1941, the Japanese launch an attack on the United States naval base at Pearl Harbor. You already know the basics of the story, but do you know about the 16 men who received Medals of Honor for their bravery on this day so long ago? Some of the acts were relatively […]

This Day in History: Platoon Sergeant Matthew Leonard saves his men

On this day in 1929, a hero is born in Eutaw, Alabama. Matthew Leonard grew up in the midst of the segregated South—but he rose above it. Perhaps you’d expect nothing less from a boy who was known for walking school hallways in his Boy Scout uniform? Leonard met his future wife, Lois, when he […]

This Day in History: Jason Dunham, first Marine to receive a Medal in Iraq

On this day in 1981, a hero is born. Jason Dunham was the son of a United States Air Force veteran, and he was born on the birthday of the United States Marine Corps. Perhaps he was destined to be a hero? Dunham enlisted in the Marine Corps soon after his graduation from Scio High School […]

This Day in History: Joe Nishimoto turns himself into a “one-man Army”

On this day in 1944, a Japanese-American soldier puts his life on the line. More than 50 years later, Joe M. Nishimoto would be awarded the Medal of Honor for his daring and bravery during this week so long ago. Nishimoto was a “Nisei”—a second-generation Japanese-American. He was fighting for a country that had already interned him once. […]

This Day in History: Robert D. Maxwell, conscientious objector turned hero

On this day in 1920, a hero is born in Boise, Idaho. Robert D. Maxwell would go on to serve in World War II, throwing himself on a grenade to save his fellow soldiers. Amazingly, he lived to tell the tale: He just celebrated his 98th birthday last week. Today, Maxwell is the oldest living […]