This Day in History: Kenneth M. Taylor, pilot and hero of Pearl Harbor

On this day in 1919, a future U.S. Army Air Corps pilot is born. Kenneth M. Taylor would become one of the few American aviators to get his plane in the air during the infamous Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. He and his friend, Lt. George S. Welch, would shoot down at least six Japanese […]

This Day in History: The Charlie Brown & Franz Stigler incident

On this day in 1943, a German ace bypasses an opportunity to shoot down a U.S. Army Air Forces pilot. Second Lt. Charles “Charlie” Brown was struggling just to keep his crippled B-17 in the air! “I look out the right window,” Brown would later describe, “and there parked on my right wing is a […]

This Day in History: Louis J. Hauge, Jr. & the Battle of Okinawa

On this day in 1924, an American hero and a future U.S. Marine is born. Louis J. Hauge, Jr. would give his life in the Battle of Okinawa when he was only 20 years old.   His gallant actions on that day would be posthumously recognized with a Medal of Honor. The Battle of Okinawa was […]

This Day in History: The Medals of Honor at 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 so long ago? Some of the acts were relatively […]

This Day in History: Pearl Harbor prompts George H.W. Bush to enlist

On this day in 1941, the Japanese attack Pearl Harbor. That surprise attack changed everything, of course, and many Americans rushed to enlist in the Army, Navy, or Marines. One of these men was George H.W. Bush. He was then only 17 years old and a senior in high school. Nevertheless, the question wasn’t if […]