This Day in History: Eddie Rickenbacker is rescued from the Pacific

On this day in 1942, a Medal of Honor recipient is rescued. He’d spent more than 20 days floating on a life raft in the Pacific Ocean. Eddie Rickenbacker was known as “America’s Ace of Aces” for his service during World War I. The former race car driver had earned many commendations during that war, […]

This Day in History: John Cromwell, a captain who went down with his ship

On this day in 1901, a hero is born. Captain John P. Cromwell would become the most senior submariner to receive the Medal of Honor during World War II. He stayed aboard his sinking submarine because he knew that his death would keep vital American secrets out of enemy hands. What kinds of thoughts go through your head […]

This Day in History: The first Allied victory against Japanese land forces

On this day in 1942, Allied forces win the Battle of Milne Bay—the very first Allied victory against Japanese land forces! Needless to say, the victory proved to be a tremendous morale booster. A joint force of Australians and Americans had worked hard for this moment, which came just as the Japanese were trying to […]

This Day in History: Leon Vance, a hero who helped make D-Day possible

On this day in 1916, a future Medal of Honor recipient is born. Leon Vance would beat the odds and survive his heroic act—if only barely. Sadly, it wouldn’t be enough. Vance was later lost in a presumed airplane crash as he tried to return home. Vance left behind a wife and a daughter, too […]