This Day in History: The Medals of Honor earned on D-Day

On this day in 1944, Allied troops land on the beaches of Normandy, France. The D-Day invasion was underway! By day’s end, more than 5,000 ships and 13,000 aircraft had taken part in the effort—and more than 160,000 Allied soldiers had disembarked on French shores. Did you know that four soldiers earned Medals of Honor […]

This Day in History: Richard Antrim outwits his Japanese captors

On or around this day in 1942, a Navy lieutenant intervenes to keep a Japanese guard from beating an American prisoner of war to death! Richard Antrim would also outwit his Japanese captors, helping Allied forces to know exactly where POWs were being held. The former action would earn Antrim a Medal of Honor. The […]

This Day in History: Hershel “Woody” Williams, a hero at Iwo Jima

On this day in 1945, a future Medal of Honor recipient lands on the beach at Iwo Jima. Just two short days later, Hershel “Woody” Williams would be asked to risk everything in an effort to take down several fortified enemy positions. Perhaps Williams was an unlikely hero. He’d tried to join the Marines early […]

This Day in History: Army staff sergeant Curtis F. Shoup’s Medal of Honor

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,” […]