This Day in History: A long overdue reunion between Vietnam War pilots

On this day in 2011, two American pilots find each other. Decades earlier, Wayne Hague had saved Ron Catton from certain capture—maybe even death—in Vietnam. Nevertheless, the two had never met, and they didn’t know each other’s names. “All this time, it’s been, ‘Gee, I wish I knew who it was [who saved me],’” Catton […]

This Day in History: Roger Donlon’s heroism at Nam Dong

On this day in 1934, a future army captain and Medal of Honor recipient is born. Would you believe that Roger Donlon almost wasn’t in the Army at all? He’d originally signed up to be an Air Force pilot, but then ended up in the Army instead. The Air Force’s loss was the Army’s gain! […]

This Day in History: Charles Kettles performs a stunning helicopter rescue

On this day in 1930, a future Medal of Honor recipient is born. Charles Kettles was the son of a man who’d served as a pilot in both World Wars. Kettles must have had flying in his genes! He would soon follow in his father’s footsteps, serving in the Korean War, then answering the call […]

This Day in History: Patrick Henry Brady’s “Dust Off” missions in Vietnam

On this day in 1968, a United States Army helicopter pilot engages in an action that would ultimately earn him the Medal of Honor. Patrick Henry Brady was an unlikely candidate for the Medal. Surely no one would have expected it? Brady had participated in ROTC during college, but only because he was required to […]

This Day in History: Robert L. Howard, triple nominee for the Medal of Honor

On this day in 1968, an American soldier engages in an action that would earn him the Medal of Honor. Robert L. Howard would ultimately become one of our most highly decorated Vietnam veterans. Would you believe he was nominated for the Medal of Honor three times?! Two of the nominations apparently failed, at least […]