This Day in History: The Attack on Pearl Harbor

On this day in 1941, the Japanese launch an attack on the United States naval base at Pearl Harbor. You already know the basics of the story, but do you know about the 16 men who received Medals of Honor for their bravery on this day 75 years ago? Some of the acts were relatively […]

This Day in History: Winston Churchill spends his 25th birthday in captivity

On this day in 1874, Sir Winston Churchill is born. This adopted American is best known, of course, for serving as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom during World War II. Churchill was the son of an American mother and an English father. His father was extremely tough on him, and his mother at times […]

This Day in History: USS Archerfish sinks the Japanese aircraft carrier Shinano

On this day in 1944, the submarine USS Archerfish sinks the Japanese aircraft carrier Shinano. The Japanese ship was then brand new; it had been commissioned less than two weeks earlier. The ship wasn’t even completely fitted out! When Archerfish found her, she was en route to the Inland Sea to complete some final items. […]

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 […]