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  • Military History Magazine

    Valor: One-Man War on Arundel

    Lieutenant Hugh Barr Miller Jr. U.S. Naval Reserve Navy Cross Solomon Islands July–August 1943 When former college football star Hugh Barr Miller Jr. joined the destroyer USS Strong in August 1942, he knew he’d see combat. What he...

  • Military History Magazine

    Valor: Britain’s American Hero

    Ordinary Seaman William Seeley Royal Navy Victoria Cross Shimonoseki, Japan September 6, 1864 In the 155 years since it was instituted by royal warrant, the Victoria Cross —Britain’s highest military honor for valor in battle—has...

  • Military History Magazine

    Valor: The Cliff-Scaling Captain

    Hiram Bearss U.S. Marine Corps Medal of Honor The Philippines November 17, 1901 Hiram Bearss earned his first major decoration, the Medal of Honor, in the Philippines for leading his men down booby-trapped jungle trails, across a tropical...

  • Military History Magazine

    Valor: Young Man on a Mission

    Karl Richter U.S. Air Force Air Force Cross North Vietnam April 20, 1967 By the time 1st Lieutenant Karl Wendell Richter lifted off in his F-105 Thunderchief from the runway at Khorat Royal Thai Air Force Base on April 20, 1967, he was...

  • Military History Magazine

    Valor: Ambush on the Washita

    William Koelpin  U.S. Army Medal of Honor Upper Washita River, Texas Sept. 9, 1874 On Sept. 9, 1874, Sergeant William Koelpin found himself on a knoll near Texas’ Upper Washita River, tending to his 14 men and dashing to and from...

  • Military History Magazine

    Valor: Hero at the Controls

    Arthur Aaron Royal Air Force Victoria Cross Turin, Italy Aug. 12–13, 1943 In 2001 the citizens of Leeds, England, erected a bronze statue in honor of Acting Flight Sergeant Arthur Louis Aaron, an RAF bomber pilot and Leeds’ only World...

  • Wild West Magazine

    When the Medal of Honor Recipient Shot the Medal of Honor Recipient

    A double-barreled shotgun featured in the tragedy. In the nearly 150 years since Congress and President Abraham Lincoln authorized the Medal of Honor, the highest military decoration awarded by the U.S. government, only once has one MOH...

  • American History Magazine

    The First: Purple Heart

    In 1782, General George Washington established the first honor ever designated for the common soldier, declaring, “The road to glory in a patriot army and a free country is thus open to all.” With no money to pay for promotions,...

  • Civil War Times Magazine

    Judging George Custer

    The real man has long since been overwhelmed by his myth. When fame reduces a man to caricature, his story is at the mercy of every succeeding generation, and few men in American history have been more famous or more caricatured than...

  • World War II Magazine

    WWII Today- April 2011

    Russia Finally Condemns Stalin In a major break with precedent, the Russian parliament officially condemned Joseph Stalin for the first time ever this fall for his role in the Katyn Forest massacre during World War II, setting the stage...

  • Military History Magazine

    Valor: Pearl Harbor’s Unlikely Hero

    Doris Miller U.S. Navy Navy Cross Pearl Harbor, Hawaii Dec. 7, 1941 At a May 27, 1942, award ceremony on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise, Admiral Chester W. Nimitz pinned the Navy Cross on the uniform of a tall,...

  • Military History Magazine

    Valor: Bravery Over Belgium

    Robert Guy Robinson U.S. Marine Corps Medal of Honor Pitthem, Belgium Oct. 14, 1918 On Oct. 14, 1918, U.S. Marine Gunnery Sgt. Robert Guy Robinson was grievously injured, with more than a dozen bullet wounds to his chest, leg and abdomen...

  • Military History Magazine

    Valor: The Normandy Ranger

    Leonard G. Lomell U.S. Army Distinguished Service Cross Pointe du Hoc, France June 6, 1944 Leonard G. ‘Bud’ Lomell is a leg- end among U.S. Army Rangers. Inducted into the Ranger Hall of Fame in 1994, he is one of the key heroes of the...

  • Military History Magazine

    Valor: A Multitude of Heroes

    Lieutenant John Chard Royal Engineers Victoria Cross Rorke’s Drift, Natal January 22 and 23, 1879 Queen Victoria called the 1879 British defense of Rorke’s Drift “immortal,” and a modern historian labeled it “one of the best...

  • Military History Magazine

    Valor: Finding the Lost Battalion

    Harold Goettler Erwin Bleckley U.S. Army Medal of Honor Argonne, France October 5, 1918 The plight of the Lost Battalion is one of the most famous incidents of America’s involvement in World War I. For six harrowing days in early October...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Aviation History Book Review: Gladiator Ace

    Gladiator Ace: Bill “Cherry” Vale, the RAF’s Forgotten Ace by Brian Cull, Haynes Publishing, Sparkford, England, 2010, $34.95 The classic image of the RAF fighter pilot is that of an upper-class, public school–educated young man...