Category: onthisday

#OnThisDay: Under the command of Maj. Gen. Tho…

#OnThisDay: Under the command of Maj. Gen. Thomas Rhame, the #BigRedOne deployed more than 12,000 troops to support Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm.

On Feb. 24, 1991, the division spearheaded the attack that pierced Iraqi defenses, allowing Coalition forces to cut deep into the country and cut off the escape of the fleeing Iraqi army. #DutyFirst #1stIDhistory [1st Infantry Division on Facebook]
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Corporal Hershel “Woody” Williams, USMC Reserv…

Corporal Hershel “Woody” Williams, USMC Reserves, receives the Medal of Honor from President Truman #onthisday in 1945. His citation reads: *For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty as Demolition Sergeant serving with the First Battalion, Twenty-First Marines, Third Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces on Iwo Jima, Volcano Island, 23 February 1945. Quick to volunteer his services when our tanks were maneuvering vainly to open a lane for the infantry through the network of reinforced concrete pillboxes, buried mines and black, volcanic sands, Corporal Williams daringly went forward alone to attempt the reduction of devastating machine-gun fire from the unyielding positions. Covered only by four riflemen, he fought desperately for four hours under terrific enemy small-arms fire and repeatedly returned to his own lines to prepare demolition charges and obtain serviced flame throwers, struggling back, frequently to the rear of hostile emplacements, to wipe out one position after another. On one occasion he daringly mounted a pillbox to insert the nozzle of his flame thrower through the air vent, kill the occupants and silence the gun; on another he grimly charged enemy riflemen who attempted to stop him with bayonets and destroyed them with a burst of flame from his weapon. His unyielding determination and extraordinary heroism in the face of ruthless enemy resistance were directly instrumental in neutralizing one of the most fanatically defended Japanese strong points encountered by his regiment and aided in enabling his company to reach its’ objective. Corporal Williams’ aggressive fighting spirit and valiant devotion to duty throughout this fiercely contested action sustain and enhance the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.*
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🇺🇸 #onthisday in 1820 the iconic US Army Gen…

🇺🇸 #onthisday in 1820 the iconic US Army General Bill Sherman was born. #history #usarmy #civilwar
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🇺🇸 January 31, 1968 was the deadliest day fo…

🇺🇸 January 31, 1968 was the deadliest day for US forces in Vietnam. 246 Americans were killed or missing in the vicious fighting of the Tet Offensive. #history #onthisday #vietnamwar
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🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 #onthisday in 1170 Thomas Becke…

🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 #onthisday in 1170 Thomas Becket, the Archbishop of Canterbury was murdered by four knights loyal to King Henry II of England. #history #england #medieval
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🇺🇸 100 years ago today, Alvin York neutraliz…

🇺🇸 100 years ago today, Alvin York neutralized an enemy machine gun nest and captured 132 German soldiers near Chatel Chéhéry, France . For these actions, he was awarded the Medal of Honor. His citation reads:
“After his platoon suffered heavy casualties and 3 other noncommissioned officers had become casualties, Cpl. York assumed command. Fearlessly leading 7 men, he charged with great daring a machine gun nest which was pouring deadly and incessant fire upon his platoon. In this heroic feat the machine gun nest was taken, together with 4 officers and 128 men and several guns.” #usa #america #onthisday #wwi #ww1 #usarmy #army
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Red Army Commander Vladimir Yulianovich Borovi…

Red Army Commander Vladimir Yulianovich Borovitsky and German General Heinz Guderian in Brest, Poland (now Brest, Belarus) to work out the German-Soviet boundary demarcation of occupied Poland, 21 Sep 1939. [Bundesarchiv] #history #wwii #ww2 #poland #onthisday #onthisdayinhistory #belarus
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’A Good Riddance’, 1917 Punch cartoon depictin…

’A Good Riddance’, 1917 Punch cartoon depicting King George V sweeping away his German titles. #Onthisday in 1917 the king issued a proclamation changing the British royal family’s name from Saxe-Coburg and Gotha to Windsor, following the London air raids by German Gotha bombers. [Source: History Today] #wwi #history #uk

🇺🇸 Marines of Company H, 2nd Battalion, 4th …

🇺🇸 Marines of Company H, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment take to the water as they move to join up with other elements of their battalion. Operation Hastings, Dong Ha, Vietnam. Hastings was launched #onthisday in 1966 and was successful in it’s objective to push NVA forces back across the DMZ. The US 3rd Marine Division supported by the ARVN 1st Infantry Division engaged the 324B NVA Division. The Marines had 126 men KIA, ARVN lost 21 KIA. NVA losses were estimated at 700 KIA, 17 captured. [Photo source: The National Archives / ID: NAID 532443] #history #vietnamwar #marines #usmc #nam #1966 #60s #usa #vietnam

German WWI soldier and author Erich Maria Rema…

German WWI soldier and author Erich Maria Remarque was born 130 years ago today. He wrote “All Quiet on the Western Front” which I consider the greatest war novel of all time and is among my top five favorite books. #onthisday #wwi #novel #history