This Day in History: USS Kearny is torpedoed by a German U-boat

On this day in 1941, USS Kearny participates in an emergency rescue mission—and it would ultimately be attacked by the Germans. But wasn’t the United States neutral in World War II at that juncture? The attack on Pearl Harbor and declarations of war on Japan and Germany were still nearly two months away. Believe it […]

This Day in History: Eugene Fluckey & his daring submarine attack

On this day in 1913, a hero is born. Eugene Fluckey would go on to command the submarine USS Barb during World War II. He had many escapades, one of which was an attack that he launched early in 1945. The U.S. Navy later called his action “virtually a suicide mission—a naval epic.” Amazingly, Commander […]

This Day in History: The Heroes of Peleliu

On this day in 1944, a United States Marine throws himself on a grenade to save two of his comrades. John D. New was one of eight men to earn a Medal of Honor during the hard-fought Battle of Peleliu. Unfortunately, the casualty rate during that World War II battle was high—too high. Americans expected […]

This Day in History: Second Lt. Ernest Childers’s bravery in Italy

On this day in 1943, a soldier participates in an action that would earn him the Medal of Honor. Would you believe that he had a broken foot while he did it? Second Lt. Ernest Childers was a Muscogee (Creek) Indian and one of just five American Indians to receive a Medal during the 20th […]

This Day in History: Captain Everett Pope at the Battle of Peleliu

On this day in 1944, a United States Marine participates in an action that would earn him the Medal of Honor. Captain Everett Pope was one of many Marines fighting in the Battle of Peleliu, a hard-fought battle during World War II. Americans expected to take the island of Peleliu from the Japanese in a […]