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 […]

This Day in History: Private Henry Johnson’s bravery in World War I

On or around this day in 1892, an American hero is born. Private Henry Johnson would go on to save a fellow soldier during World War I. His bravery earned him a Medal of Honor, but it also earned him a French Croix de Guerre. Perhaps no one expected the 5’4” railroad porter from Albany […]