This Day in History: A raid at Cabanatuan frees American POWs

On this day in 1945, more than 500 American and Allied POWs are liberated from a camp in the Philippines. They’d been held by the Japanese for years and were the last surviving members of what had once been a much larger group. Indeed, this camp just outside Cabanatuan City was the largest American POW […]

This Day in History: Jose Calugas, hero of the Battle of Bataan

On this day in 1998, a hero passes away. Jose Calugas served in the Philippine Scouts of the United States Army during World War II. He received the Medal of Honor for his actions during the intense Battle of Bataan. Who would have known that a mess sergeant on kitchen patrol duty would earn a […]

This Day in History: Carole Lombard’s tragic WWII War Bonds tour

On this day in 1942, American film actress Carole Lombard is tragically killed in a plane crash as she returns from a WWII War Bonds tour. Her trip had been part of Hollywood’s early response to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Lombard was between movies; her husband, Clark Gable, was chair of Hollywood’s newly […]

This Day in History: Curtis F. Shoup’s inspirational bravery

On this day in 1945, an Army staff sergeant is killed in an action that would ultimately earn him the Medal of Honor. Curtis F. Shoup was just days away from his 24th birthday at the time of his death. Shoup died while serving with an old friend from high school. “Although he hated war,” […]