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 […]

This Day in History: Platoon Sergeant Matthew Leonard saves his men

On this day in 1929, a hero is born in Eutaw, Alabama. Matthew Leonard grew up in the midst of the segregated South—but he rose above it. Perhaps you’d expect nothing less from a boy who was known for walking school hallways in his Boy Scout uniform? Leonard met his future wife, Lois, when he […]

This Day in History: The Vietnam Veterans Memorial is dedicated

On this day in 1982, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial is dedicated. When the Memorial’s long, black walls were first proposed, they sparked controversy. Since then, they have become a place of reverence and healing. The Memorial might never have existed but for Jan C. Scruggs, a Vietnam War veteran. The years after the war were […]