This Day in History: Leonard Roy Harmon, hero of World War II

On this day in 1943, the USS Harmon is commissioned. It was the first U.S. Navy warship to be named after a black American. The destroyer was named after Leonard Roy Harmon, a sailor who gave his life during World War II. Harmon was a native Texan who enlisted with the United States Navy and […]

This Day in History: Dirk J. Vlug & his one-man attack on enemy tanks

During this week in 1916, a hero is born. Like so many in his generation, Dirk J. Vlug would be called upon to fight evil half a globe away. “We all told our friends and wives and sweethearts that we’d be back in a year. But we didn’t get back in a year. We didn’t […]

This Day in History: Americans defeat the Japanese at Guam

On this day in 1944, Japanese Lt. General Hideyoshi Obata commits ritual suicide. The Battle of Guam was over. The island was finally back in American hands. The Japanese had been occupying Guam for nearly three years. They’d first taken possession of the island in December 1941. Mere hours after the unexpected attack on Pearl […]

This Day in History: The World War II bombing of Nagasaki

On this day in 1945, Americans drop an atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Nagasaki. It had been only three days since the bombing of Hiroshima. Did you know that Nagasaki was not the original target? The intended target was an arsenal near the city of Kokura.   In a twist of fate, American plans […]

This Day in History: John F. Kennedy & PT-109

On this day in 1943, surviving crew members of PT-109 are finally rescued. That small boat had been under the command of Lt. (j.g.) John F. Kennedy when it was rammed by a Japanese destroyer. Kennedy would come home a war hero, but the incident has not been without controversy. Did Kennedy’s decisions put PT-109 […]