This Day in History: Second Lt. Vernon Baker survives a German grenade

On this day in 1945, a U.S. soldier engages in an action that would earn him the Medal of Honor. Second Lt. Vernon Baker was lucky to survive the experience! In fact, he probably wouldn’t have survived but for the fact that one of the German grenades thrown his way turned out to be a […]

This Day in History: Master Chief William R. Charette’s Medal of Honor

On this day in 1932, a future Medal of Honor recipient is born. Master Chief William R. Charette was one of five Navy corpsman to receive the Medal of Honor during the Korean War. He was the only one to survive the experience. Perhaps it was a miracle that he lived? At one point, he’d […]

This Day in History: Joe M. Jackson & his Medal of Honor in Vietnam

On this day in 1923, a future Medal of Honor recipient is born in Georgia. Air Force Lt. Colonel Joe M. Jackson wasn’t supposed to be operating a C-123 cargo plane like it was a fighter jet, diving in to make quick rescues. Yet that’s exactly what he did. Jackson began his military service in the […]

This Day in History: Major Bernard Fisher saves a fellow pilot

On this day in 1966, an Air Force pilot puts his life on the line for his comrade-in-arms, another pilot who had been downed during a mission. Rescue helicopters were still half an hour away! Bernard Fisher knew what he had to do. He landed his plane on a jungle runway, in the midst of […]

This Day in History: Pfc. Leonard M. Kravitz faces a banzai charge

During this week in 1951, a soldier engages in an action that would initially earn him the Distinguished Service Cross. Many decades later, a congressional review would determine that he should have been awarded the Medal of Honor—and would have been, but for his Jewish heritage. Another fact that will make this Medal recipient memorable? […]