This Day in History: Lance Corporal William Prom & his Medal of Honor

On this day in 1969, a United States Marine is ambushed—but goes down fighting! Lance Corporal William R. Prom would be posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for the bravery that cost him his life that day. Prom may have been a hero, but he was also just an American boy who dreamed of being […]

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 […]