This Week in History: Staff Sgt. Jon R. Cavaiani’s bravery in Vietnam

During this week in 1971, a soldier engages in an action that would ultimately earn him the Medal of Honor. Staff Sgt. Jon R. Cavaiani had stayed with his men, even after he’d been directly ordered to leave. He managed to save almost everyone in his platoon—except himself. Cavaiani found himself wounded and on the run […]

This Day in History: Captain Jay Vargas & his 3-day ordeal in Vietnam

On this day in 1968, a United States Marine leads an attack on the village of Dai Do in Vietnam. Jay Vargas and his men would persevere through a 3-day battle with little to no sleep. Captain Vargas showed such bravery during the conflict that he would ultimately receive the Medal of Honor. There was […]

This Day in History: Thomas R. Norris brings two downed airmen home

On this day in 1972, a Navy SEAL begins a multi-day rescue that would ultimately earn him the Medal of Honor. Two U.S. Air Force airmen had been shot down behind enemy lines! Making matters worse, one of the downed airmen knew critical information about U.S. capabilities. It was Thomas R. Norris’s job to make […]

This Day in History: Joe M. Jackson & his Medal of Honor in Vietnam

On this day in 1923, a future Medal of Honor recipient is born in Georgia. Air Force Lt. Colonel Joe M. Jackson wasn’t supposed to be operating a C-123 cargo plane like it was a fighter jet, diving in to make quick rescues. Yet that’s exactly what he did. Jackson began his military service in the […]

This Day in History: Major Bernard Fisher saves a fellow pilot

On this day in 1966, an Air Force pilot puts his life on the line for his comrade-in-arms, another pilot who had been downed during a mission. Rescue helicopters were still half an hour away! Bernard Fisher knew what he had to do. He landed his plane on a jungle runway, in the midst of […]