Ira Hayes

Ira Hayes

One of the six Marines shown in the famous photo of raising the flag on Mount Suribachi at Iwo Jima was PFC Ira Hayes. 19 years old at the time, Hayes,  a  member of the Gila River Indian community, enlisted in the Marines 8 months after Pearl  Harbor and volunteered...
The Secret Dogfight

The Secret Dogfight

Navy Lieutenant Royce Williams’ actions on November 18, 1952 are considered “one of the greatest feats in aviation history” by military experts, yet for over 50 years they were kept secret. Williams’ actions were removed from U.S. Navy and...
Thomas Gunning Kelley

Thomas Gunning Kelley

On January 11, 2023, the Department of the Navy announced that a new destroyer will be named after Medal of Honor recipient Thomas Gunning Kelley. I wanted to learn more about Lieutenant Kelley, and found this excellent article in medalofhonorspeakout (1):...
One Brave Kid

One Brave Kid

11-year-old Braydon Smith was home alone in his room when a burglar forced his way through the front door. The burglar told Braydon to get into a closet, then began grabbing various items in the home. Remembering his dad’s advice to “let ’em have...
Peter Vaughan-Fowler

Peter Vaughan-Fowler

When his father, a World War I flying ace, took him for a flight in an Avro 504 biplane, young Peter Vaughn-Fowler was hooked on flying. Years later he would become the youngest pilot to fly secret missions for the RAF. At age 19, Vaughn-Fowler was assigned to the...