Victory Over Japan Day (V-J Day)

On June 22, 1945, Okinawa fell to U.S. forces. Following this, an invasion of the Japanese home islands was in the works; however, before the invasion could take place, the …

The History of Iron Mike

In the spring of 1960, 18th Airborne Corps Commander Lieutenant General Robert Sink appointed Mrs. Leah Hiebert, a military spouse and sculptress, to design and fabricate a statue to encapsulate …

Boom Town: Fort Bragg During WWII

Germany’s invasion of Western Europe on May 10, 1940 led directly to a massive buildup of training bases across America, including Fort Bragg. The Nazi Blitzkrieg was a clear warning that America had to be …

Celebrating Army Chaplain Corps Anniversary: The Story of Chaplain Charles Watters

Chaplain (Major) Charles J. Watters, like other Army Chaplains during the Vietnam War, provided spiritual guidance to men in combat and improved morale. Watters, a Catholic priest, spent 16 months …

Airborne Operations in Sicily: Operation Husky

With the Germans defeated in Africa, Allied leaders decided to invade Sicily to gain more complete control of the Mediterranean Sea and knock Italy out of the war. Airborne assaults …

Counterattack in the Pacific: Action in New Guinea and the Philippines

American parachute forces in the Pacific Theater of Operations were first used in New Guinea where the Allies mounted a major counteroffensive to stop the Japanese advance on Australia. On …

Korean War Spotlight: The Story of Corporal Rudy Hernandez

Corporal Rodolfo Pérez “Rudy” Hernández (April 14, 1931 – December 21, 2013) was a United States Army soldier who received the Medal of Honor, America’s highest military decoration, for his actions on …

This History of Juneteenth

On June 19, 1865, Major General Gordon Granger and his troops declared to all the people in Galveston, Texas General Order Number 3: “The people of Texas are informed that …

The Creation of the U.S. Army

Since it was established on June 14, 1775, a year before the Declaration of Independence was signed, the U.S. Army has played a vital role in the growth and development …

D-Day: The Roles Airborne and Special Operations Soldiers Played

In 1943 the Allies decided upon an invasion of Northwest Europe in May 1944. Landing in Normandy, they would capture the channel ports and secure an area for further ground …