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 […]

This Day in History: David C. Waybur single-handedly takes out a tank

On this day in 1943, a U.S. soldier engages in an action that would earn him the Medal of Honor. Would you believe that he took out a tank with a tommy gun!?! Allied forces were then engaged in an invasion of Sicily, the large Mediterranean island just off the “toe” of Italy. First Lt. […]

This Day in History: Thomas A. Baker’s bravery during a banzai charge

On this day in 1916, a future Medal of Honor recipient is born. Thomas A. Baker would spend his 28th birthday fighting in the World War II Battle of Saipan. He would live to see his birthday, but just barely. He was killed in action a few days later. Naturally, he went down fighting. The […]