This Day in History: Roger Donlon’s heroism at Nam Dong

On this day in 1934, a future army captain and Medal of Honor recipient is born. Would you believe that Roger Donlon almost wasn’t in the Army at all? He’d originally signed up to be an Air Force pilot, but then ended up in the Army instead. The Air Force’s loss was the Army’s gain! […]

This Day in History: Jose Calugas, hero of the Battle of Bataan

On this day in 1998, a hero passes away. Jose Calugas served in the Philippine Scouts of the United States Army during World War II. He received the Medal of Honor for his actions during the intense Battle of Bataan. Who would have known that a mess sergeant on kitchen patrol duty would earn a […]

This Day in History: Charles Kettles performs a stunning helicopter rescue

On this day in 1930, a future Medal of Honor recipient is born. Charles Kettles was the son of a man who’d served as a pilot in both World Wars. Kettles must have had flying in his genes! He would soon follow in his father’s footsteps, serving in the Korean War, then answering the call […]

This Day in History: Curtis F. Shoup’s inspirational bravery

On this day in 1945, an Army staff sergeant is killed in an action that would ultimately earn him the Medal of Honor. Curtis F. Shoup was just days away from his 24th birthday at the time of his death. Shoup died while serving with an old friend from high school. “Although he hated war,” […]

This Day in History: Patrick Henry Brady’s “Dust Off” missions in Vietnam

On this day in 1968, a United States Army helicopter pilot engages in an action that would ultimately earn him the Medal of Honor. Patrick Henry Brady was an unlikely candidate for the Medal. Surely no one would have expected it? Brady had participated in ROTC during college, but only because he was required to […]