This Day in History: Milton “Skipper” Olive makes the ultimate sacrifice

On this day in 1966, the Medal of Honor is posthumously awarded to Pfc. Milton “Skipper” Olive III. He was the first black soldier to receive the Medal during the Vietnam War. But perhaps another contribution he made was even more important? Men like Olive helped to ease racial tensions in our military, despite the difficult […]

This Day in History: Gary Littrell’s four demanding days in Vietnam

On this day in 1970, an Army Ranger concludes an action that would ultimately earn him the Medal of Honor. Would you believe that Sergeant First Class Gary Littrell fought, non-stop, for four days and nights? Nor was he the only one. Nearly 500 men went into that battle. Only 42 would emerge. Littrell and […]

This Day in History: Gerald Ford approves “Operation Babylift”

On this day in 1975, Gerald Ford approves “Operation Babylift.” Speed was of the essence! Rescue workers had been tasked with evacuating babies and toddlers from South Vietnam. Many of these babies had been fathered by American soldiers, and they would be in danger if Saigon fell and they were left behind. Others were orphans […]

This Day in History: David McNerney, the Valley of Tears, & the Medal of Honor

On this day in 1967, a soldier participates in an action that would earn him the Medal of Honor. David McNerney came from a long line of war heroes: His father and older brother served in World Wars I and II, respectively. His sister served as an Army nurse. McNerney followed in their footsteps, joining […]

This Day in History: Clyde E. Lassen rescues two downed aviators

On this day in 1942, a future Medal of Honor recipient is born in Florida. Clyde E. Lassen would go on to serve in the Vietnam War, and he would rescue two downed aviators from a nearly impossible situation. Lt. Clyde E. Lassen (USN) simply refused to give up. “We had a good idea our […]