This Day in History: USS Bismarck Sea sunk by kamikazes at Iwo Jima

On this day in 1945, kamikazes plow into American warships near Iwo Jima. One aircraft carrier, the USS Bismarck Sea, was fatally wounded. A handful of other American ships were also hit, but they managed to stay afloat. One observer would later say that there were so many Japanese planes that “they looked like a […]

This Day in History: An airplane lands aboard an American warship for the first time

On this day in 1911, an airplane lands aboard an American warship for the first time. Eugene B. Ely was the pilot who accomplished this feat—and USS Pennsylvania was the vessel that welcomed him. Interestingly, Ely had made the attempt despite the fact that he couldn’t swim, hated the water, and sometimes suffered from seasickness! […]

This Day in History: The so-called “Hercules of the Revolution” passes away

On this day in 1831, the so-called “Hercules of the Revolution” passes away. Peter Francisco is another of those Patriots whose legacy has become a mixture of fact and fiction. But perhaps it is fitting that portions of his life are shrouded in mystery, given how he arrived in America. Francisco arrived in America in […]

This Day in History: Peter Dalessondro, one hero at the Battle of the Bulge

On this day in 1944, an army sergeant risks his life in an action that would ultimately earn him the Medal of Honor. According to his citation, the last words heard from Peter Dalessondro as the Germans descended upon him were: “OK, mortars, let me have it—right in this position!” However did Dalessondro survive the […]