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

During this week 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 […]

This Day in History: WWII’s Operation Dragoon is a smashing success

On this day in 1944, Operation Dragoon comes to an end. That campaign through southern France has been called “one of the most successful—and often overlooked—operations of World War II.” It has also been called France’s “other D-Day.” Indeed, that operation nearly occurred concurrently with Operation Overlord, the D-Day landings that you are used to […]

This Day in History: Robert G. Cole’s bravery in World War II

During this month in 1944, a soldier is shot and killed by a German sniper. Just a few months earlier, Robert G. Cole had thrown himself into danger—and survived! He never knew that he would receive the Medal of Honor for that action. The sniper got to him first. How sad. If he’d lived just […]

This Day in History: Wake Island is returned to American hands

On this day in 1945, Wake Island is finally returned to American hands. The Japanese had been in possession of the island since December 1941. Wake Island had not fallen without a fight. That little island is part of a small atoll, lying about halfway between Hawaii and Japan. By the early 1940s, the United […]

This Day in History: Robert D. Maxwell, an unlikely hero turned Medal recipient

During this week in 1944, a hero throws himself on a grenade to save his fellow soldiers. Amazingly, Robert D. Maxwell would live to tell the tale. Indeed, when Maxwell passed away earlier this summer, he was the oldest living Medal of Honor recipient. Perhaps Maxwell was an unlikely hero? His Quaker grandfather had been […]