This Day in History: The 75th Anniversary of D-Day

On this day in 1944, Allied troops land on the beaches of Normandy, France. Today is the 75th anniversary of D-Day! That effort was massive. More than 5,000 ships and 13,000 aircraft would eventually participate in the invasion—and more than 160,000 Allied soldiers would disembark on French shores. It was the largest amphibious invasion in […]

This Day in History: The Medals of Honor earned on D-Day

On this day in 1944, Allied troops land on the beaches of Normandy, France. The D-Day invasion was underway! Did you know that four soldiers earned Medals of Honor that day? They came from a variety of backgrounds. One was a minor league baseball player. One was a salesman. One was the son of a […]

This Day in History: An American victory at the Battle of Midway

On this day in 1942, the Battle of Midway is fought. The Japanese had taken Americans by surprise at Pearl Harbor mere months before. Now the United States would strike a decisive blow of its own. Americans entered battle with a priceless advantage: They’d recently broken a Japanese naval code. The U.S. Navy had a […]

This Day in History: World War II’s “Forgotten Battle”

On this day in 1943, the Battle of Attu comes to an end. It was an American victory! The Japanese had held two of Alaska’s Aleutian Islands for nearly a year—but now we’d won one back. The second would soon follow. The Battle of Attu was the only land battle fought in North America during […]

This Day in History: Medal of Honor recipients at the Battle of Anzio

During this week in 1944, Allied forces begin an effort that would ultimately bring the World War II Battle of Anzio to an end. That battle to help free Italy from the Axis powers had been ongoing for months! Twenty-two Americans would ultimately receive a Medal of Honor for their contributions to the effort. But […]