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,” […]