This Day in History: Brian Buker saves his men in Vietnam

On this day in 2010, a family donates a Medal of Honor to a high school in Maine. Sergeant Brian Buker’s alma mater, Lawrence High School, received the medal and put it on display in the school library. “It will show to the other children just what he was and what they could be . […]

This Day in History: Father Vincent Capodanno’s Medal of Honor

On 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 Church, and […]

This Day in History: Everett Alvarez, Jr.’s long ordeal in North Vietnam

On this day in 1964, a U.S. Navy pilot arrives at the soon-to-be-infamous “Hanoi Hilton.” LTJG Everett Alvarez, Jr. would spend a stunning 3,113 days in captivity, making him one of America’s longest-held POWs. Alvarez’s troubles began on August 5. His plane took a hit during a bombing run, and he was forced to bail […]

This Day in History: The terrible fire aboard USS Forrestal

On this day in 1967, a rocket accidentally discharges aboard the flight deck of USS Forrestal. It smashes into a fighter jet piloted by then-Lt. Commander John McCain. Within minutes, the aft end of the aircraft carrier is ablaze. The incident would result in the worst loss of life aboard a U.S. Navy vessel since World […]