Medal of Honor Monday: Everett Pope & the Battle of Peleliu

On this day in 1944, a United States Marine participates in an action that would earn him the Medal of Honor. Captain Everett Pope was one of many Marines fighting in the Battle of Peleliu, a hard-fought battle during World War II. Americans expected to take the island of Peleliu from the Japanese in a […]

Medal of Honor Monday: Brian L. Buker gives his life in Vietnam

On (almost) this day in 2010, a family donates a Medal of Honor to a high school in Maine. Brian L. Buker’s mother had wanted her son’s Medal to be placed on permanent display after her death. Buker’s alma mater, Lawrence High School, received the medal and put the Medal on display in the school […]

Medal of Honor Monday: Father Vincent Capodanno

On (almost) this day in 1967, a Navy chaplain makes the ultimate sacrifice as he ministers to his Marines during the Vietnam War. Father Vincent Capodanno would receive a Medal of Honor for his selfless actions on this day so long ago. Father Capodanno has since been declared a “Servant of God” by the Catholic […]

Medal of Honor Monday: USS Memphis is wrecked by a massive tidal wave

On this day in 1916, a U.S. Navy armored cruiser is wrecked by a massive tidal wave. USS Memphis was effectively destroyed and dozens of her crew were lost. Three sailors would earn the Medal of Honor for their actions that day. One of the three Medals had to be awarded posthumously. Perhaps the tragedy […]

Medal of Honor Monday: Combat medic Charles Hagemeister

On this day in 1946, a future Medal of Honor recipient is born. Charles “Chuck” Hagemeister was a Nebraska native who perhaps hadn’t intended to enter the Army in the first place. “In high school, Vietnam had just started,” he later recounted. “We were just barely getting involved. And there was talking about, you know, […]