This Day in History: USS Jacob Jones is torpedoed by a German submarine

On this day in 1917, the destroyer USS Jacob Jones is torpedoed as she travels near the Isles of Scilly. Jacob Jones would prove to be the first American destroyer lost to an enemy submarine during World War I. Jacob Jones left for Europe almost as soon as the United States declared war on Germany […]

This Day in History: A Medal of Honor recipient rescued from the ocean

On this day in 1942, a Medal of Honor recipient is rescued. He’d spent more than 20 days floating on a life raft in the Pacific Ocean. Eddie Rickenbacker was already known as “America’s Ace of Aces” for his service during World War I. Now he would also be dubbed the “Great Indestructible.” He was […]

This Day in History: One-time pacifist Alvin York earns a Medal of Honor

On this day in 1918, then-Corporal Alvin York distinguishes himself for bravery in a battle near Chatel-Chehery, France. The one-time pacifist took out a machine gun nest! He would later be awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions. York was born in December 1887, the son of Tennessee farmers. He worked the farm and […]

RMS Lusitania torpedoed; Germans push United States towards war

I am reposting a two-part story that appeared on my Facebook page on May 7 and 8.  I hope everyone enjoys the story! On this day in 1915 [May 7], the RMS Lusitania is torpedoed by a German U-boat. Shockingly, Lusitania sank in only 18 minutes! Nearly 1,200 people, including 123 Americans, were killed. How could […]