This Day in History: FDR & Churchill plan ahead for D-Day

On this day in 1943, FDR and Winston Churchill are in the midst of the so-called TRIDENT Conference in Washington, D.C. The United States and the United Kingdom were then discussing the D-Day landings in Normandy. Did you know that the planning for D-Day started so far in advance? As FDR and Churchill talked, that […]

This Day in History: Billy Halyburton’s sacrifice to save a wounded Marine

On this day in 1945, a United States Navy hospital corpsman is killed during an attempt to save a wounded Marine. William David Halyburton would receive the Medal of Honor for his bravery. Unfortunately, many such sacrifices would be made during the Battle of Okinawa—one of the bloodiest battles of World War II. Halyburton was […]

Medal of Honor Monday: The Battle of the Coral Sea & three brave Navy officers

On this day in 1942, the Battle of the Coral Sea comes to a close. One United States aircraft carrier, USS Lexington, takes a devastating blow and is lost. Another carrier, USS Yorktown, is seriously damaged. In the meantime, three United States Navy officers take actions that would ultimately earn them the Medal of Honor. […]

This Day in History: The Japanese attack the United States mainland

On this day in 1945, six Americans are killed by a Japanese bomb—in Oregon!?! The Japanese had been trying to attack Americans on our home soil for months. They’d finally succeeded. Unfortunately, five children and a pregnant woman turned out to be the victims of the Japanese attack. Reverend Archie Mitchell and his wife Elsie […]

This Day in History: Vernon Baker survives a German grenade

On this day in 1945, a U.S. soldier engages in an action that would earn him the Medal of Honor. Second Lt. Vernon Baker was lucky to survive the experience! In fact, he probably wouldn’t have survived but for the fact that one of the German grenades thrown his way turned out to be a […]