This Day in History: A groundbreaking for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial

On this day in 1982, a groundbreaking ceremony is held for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. It had been 9 years since the last American combat troops left South Vietnam. The Memorial was the culmination of a three-year project, spearheaded by a group of Vietnam veterans. These veterans wanted to encourage Americans to remember their support […]

This Day in History: Former POW Jon R. Cavaiani receives a Medal of Honor

On this day in 1974, a soldier receives the Medal of Honor from President Gerald R. Ford. 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 for days […]