This Day in History: John D. New and the heroes of Peleliu

On this day in 1924, a hero is born. John D. New was the first person in Mobile, Alabama to join the Marines after the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. New is remembered for the sacrifice that he made at the Battle of Peleliu, nearly three years later. The casualty rate during that World War II […]

This Day in History: The Purple Heart Battalion of World War II

Today is Purple Heart Day! On this day in 1782, General George Washington creates a military award that would be the predecessor for the Purple Heart. Do you know the story of the “Purple Heart Battalion” that served with the United States Army? Perhaps today is a good day to remember and celebrate the bravery […]

This Day in History: Major Richard Bong, Ace of Aces

On this day in 1945, America’s “Ace of Aces” is killed during a routine test flight in California. Major Richard Bong’s death came just as aviators on the other side of the world were dropping an atomic bomb on Hiroshima. News of both events stunned the country. No one could quite believe what had happened: […]

This Day in History: The Allies demand unconditional surrender from Japan

On this day in 1945, the United States, Great Britain, and China issue the Potsdam Declaration. The statement put the Japanese government on notice: The Allies were demanding unconditional surrender. “The time has come,” the Allies declared, “for Japan to decide whether she will continue to be controlled by those self-willed militaristic advisers whose unintelligent […]