Medal of Honor Monday: “Come on out! Come on out and fight!”

On this day in 1944, a U.S. soldier is killed during the Battle of Hürtgen Forest. He’d put his life on the line repeatedly, traversing minefields, withstanding machinegun fire, killing nearly two dozen of the enemy—and capturing even more. Just before John W. Minick was killed, some of his fellow soldiers heard him yelling out […]

This Day in History: A Medal of Honor recipient rescued from the ocean

On this day in 1942, a Medal of Honor recipient is rescued. He’d spent more than 20 days floating on a life raft in the Pacific Ocean. Eddie Rickenbacker was already known as “America’s Ace of Aces” for his service during World War I. Now he would also be dubbed the “Great Indestructible.” He was […]

Medal of Honor Monday: Joe Nishimoto, the “one-man Army”

On this day in 1944, a Japanese-American soldier puts his life on the line. More than 50 years later, Joe M. Nishimoto would finally be awarded the Medal of Honor for his daring and bravery on this day so long ago. Nishimoto was a “Nisei”—a second-generation Japanese-American. He was fighting for a country that had […]

Medal of Honor Monday: Charles H. Coolidge refuses to surrender

On this day in 1944, Charles H. Coolidge begins a four-day ordeal that would ultimately earn him the Medal of Honor. At the time, he barely even knew what the Medal was! He’d heard of it only because Sergeant Alvin York had grown up about 100 miles away from his hometown in Tennessee. Coolidge had […]

Medal of Honor Monday: The Heroes of Peleliu

On this day in 1944, a United States Marine throws himself on a grenade to save two of his comrades. John D. New had been the first person in Mobile, Alabama to volunteer for the Marines after Pearl Harbor. His sacrifice came a little over 2.5 years later at the hard-fought Battle of Peleliu. The […]