This Day in History: The Medals of Honor at Pearl Harbor

On this day in 1941, the Japanese launch an attack on the United States naval base at Pearl Harbor. You already know the basics of the story, but do you know about the 16 men who received Medals of Honor for their bravery on this day so long ago? Some of the acts were relatively […]

This Day in History: Pearl Harbor prompts George H.W. Bush to enlist

On this day in 1941, the Japanese attack Pearl Harbor. That surprise attack changed everything, of course, and many Americans rushed to enlist in the Army, Navy, or Marines. One of these men was George H.W. Bush. He was then only 17 years old and a senior in high school. Nevertheless, the question wasn’t if […]

This Day in History: Winston Churchill is born

On this day in 1874, Sir Winston Churchill is born. This adopted American is best known, of course, for serving as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom during World War II. Churchill was the son of an American mother and an English father. His father was extremely tough on him, and his mother at times […]

This Day in History: USS Archerfish versus the Japanese aircraft carrier Shinano

On this day in 1944, the submarine USS Archerfish begins tracking (and would ultimately sink) the Japanese aircraft carrier Shinano. The Japanese ship was then brand new; it had been commissioned less than two weeks earlier.  The ship wasn’t even completely fitted out! When Archerfish found her, she was en route to the Inland Sea […]

This Day in History: The 12-year-old who served in World War II

On this day in 1942, a 12-year-old distinguishes himself in combat. Yes, you read that correctly: A 12-year-old fought in World War II. Calvin Leon Graham was the youngest person to serve. Calvin had long been accustomed to taking care of himself. He lost his father at a young age. When his mother remarried, her […]