This Day in History: Americans defeat the Japanese at Guam

On this day in 1944, Japanese Lt. General Hideyoshi Obata commits ritual suicide. The Battle of Guam was over. The island was finally back in American hands. The Japanese had been occupying Guam for nearly three years. They’d first taken possession of the island in December 1941. Mere hours after the unexpected attack on Pearl […]

This Day in History: The World War II bombing of Nagasaki

On this day in 1945, Americans drop an atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Nagasaki. It had been only three days since the bombing of Hiroshima. Did you know that Nagasaki was not the original target? The intended target was an arsenal near the city of Kokura.   In a twist of fate, American plans […]

This Day in History: John F. Kennedy & PT-109

On this day in 1943, surviving crew members of PT-109 are finally rescued. That small boat had been under the command of Lt. (j.g.) John F. Kennedy when it was rammed by a Japanese destroyer. Kennedy would come home a war hero, but the incident has not been without controversy. Did Kennedy’s decisions put PT-109 […]

This Day in History: The WWII Bombing of Hiroshima

On this day in 1945, Americans drop an atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima. The bombing came not too long after Japan had rejected a final opportunity to surrender. The so-called Potsdam Declaration was issued through a combined statement of the United States, Great Britain, and China. “The time has come,” these Allies […]

This Day in History: Medals of Honor during Operation Tidal Wave

On this day in 1943, Operation Tidal Wave begins. Nearly 180 Consolidated B-24 Liberator bombers embark on a lengthy mission to destroy oil refineries in Ploesti, Romania. The mission has been called the “longest, bloodiest, most heroic bombing mission in history.” The day would come to be known as Black Sunday. Five men would receive […]