This Day in History: Army staff sergeant Curtis F. Shoup’s Medal of Honor

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: Harvey “Barney” Barnum’s Medal of Honor

On this day in 1965, a Marine risks his life in an action that would ultimately earn him the Medal of Honor. It would be just the first of several commendations for Harvey “Barney” Barnum. Barnum might never have been a Marine at all but for an experience in high school. His school hosted a […]

This Day in History: Roy P. Benavidez’s Medal of Honor

On this day in 1935, a hero is born! Roy P. Benavidez was the orphaned son of Texas sharecroppers. Surely no one expected him to one day receive the Medal of Honor? And yet this brave American did exactly that. The story of his heroic action sounds a bit like a scene from a Rambo […]