This Day in History: David C. Waybur single-handedly takes out a tank

On this day in 1943, a U.S. soldier engages in an action that would earn him the Medal of Honor. Would you believe that he took out a tank with a tommy gun!?! Allied forces were then engaged in an invasion of Sicily, the large Mediterranean island just off the “toe” of Italy. First Lt. […]

This Day in History: Thomas A. Baker’s bravery during a banzai charge

On this day in 1916, a future Medal of Honor recipient is born. Thomas A. Baker would spend his 28th birthday fighting in the World War II Battle of Saipan. He would live to see his birthday, but just barely. He was killed in action a few days later. Naturally, he went down fighting. The […]

This Day in History: The American flag is raised over Okinawa

On this day in 1945, Americans raise a flag over the Japanese island of Okinawa. The nearly three-month battle to capture the island was finally over. The Battle of Okinawa would prove to be one of the bloodiest in the Pacific during World War II. The war in the Pacific had been a grueling one. […]

This Day in History: The Japanese attack the American mainland

On this day in 1942, a Japanese submarine launches an attack on a fort in Oregon. Wait. What? A fort in Oregon, far away from so many World War II battlefields? Yes, you read that correctly. 🙂 The attack on Fort Stevens was one of a handful of times that the Japanese attacked the American […]

This Day in History: 75th anniversary of the Battle of Midway

On this day in 1942, the Battle of Midway is fought. The Japanese had taken Americans by surprise at Pearl Harbor mere months before. Now the United States would strike a decisive blow of its own. Americans entered battle with a priceless advantage: They’d recently broken a Japanese naval code. The U.S. Navy had a […]