This Day in History: Charles Coolidge refuses to surrender

On this day in 1944, Charles H. Coolidge begins a four-day ordeal that would ultimately earn him the Medal of Honor. At the time, he barely even knew what the Medal was! He’d heard of it only because Sergeant Alvin York had grown up about 100 miles away from his hometown in Tennessee. Coolidge had joined […]

This Day in History: The quiet guy who earned the Medal of Honor

During this week in 1928, a future Medal of Honor recipient is born in Hawaii. Herbert K. Pililaau never lived to see his home become a state. Instead, when Pililaau was killed in action, Hawaii was still only a United States territory. Surely no one expected the quiet Hawaiian to one day earn the Medal […]

This Day in History: The only Coast Guardsman to receive the Medal of Honor

On this day in 1942, a United States Coast Guardsman gives his life for a detachment of Marines. Signalman First Class Douglas Munro’s sacrifice would save the lives of hundreds of Marines, including then-Lieutenant Colonel Lewis B. “Chesty” Puller Munro would be posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his action. He is the only member […]

This Day in History: Van T. Barfoot versus three German tanks

During this week in 1944, a soldier receives the Medal of Honor at a ceremony in Epinal, France. Colonel Van T. Barfoot has been called “[o]ne of the most significant Native-American heroes of World War II”—but he might be better known for a 2009 fight to keep the American flag flying in his front yard. […]