This Day in History: Private Henry Johnson’s bravery in World War I

On or around this day in 1892, an American hero is born. Private Henry Johnson would go on to save a fellow soldier during World War I. His bravery earned him a Medal of Honor, but it also earned him a French Croix de Guerre. Perhaps no one expected the 5’4” railroad porter from Albany […]

This Day in History: Lt. Douglas Campbell becomes the first all-American flying ace

On this day in 1918, Lt. Douglas Campbell becomes the first all-American flying ace. Despite this feat and despite his service with legendary pilots such as Eddie Rickenbacker, Campbell’s name is relatively unknown today. Perhaps that problem should be rectified. 🙂 Campbell was a valued member of the 94th Aero Squadron who had more than […]

This Day in History: The WWI Meuse-Argonne Offensive begins

On this day in 1918, the Meuse-Argonne offensive of World War I begins. Allied forces were determined to push the Germans out of France and back into Germany. More than 1.2 million American soldiers would ultimately participate in the multi-week offensive. We lost a lot of good men during those long, brutal weeks. Today, more […]

This Day in History: Rags, the dog who was a World War I hero

On or around this day in 1916, a mixed-breed terrier is born. The little dog would go on to become an American war hero—and the U.S. 1st Infantry Division’s mascot during World War I. “Rags” might never have been found but for Private Jimmy Donovan. The young soldier had been asked to march in Paris’s […]

This Day in History: The Sinking of Lusitania pushes Americans towards war

On this day in 1915, RMS Lusitania leaves New York, bound for Liverpool. It should have been a routine Atlantic crossing. Instead, a German torpedo would soon plow into the ship, killing nearly 1,200 American, British, and Canadian passengers. A civilian vessel made into a target of war? Americans were outraged! The tragedy helped push […]