May 9 Churchill Walking With Destiny

Churchill finds out that he will become prime minister the next day. “I felt as if I were walking with destiny, and that all my past life had been but a preparation for this hour and for this trial.”

May 8 John James Powers Medal of Honor

John James Powers earned the Medal of Honor posthumously during the Battle of the Coral Sea, for his heroic leadership. He sank one Japanese carrier, the Shoho, and damaged many other ships. As his squadron’s gunnery officer, he knew well the dangers of low altitude dive bombing and was most likely killed by his own bomb. He told his squadron … Read More

May 8 Eisenhower Sets The Date For D-Day

Eisenhower set the date for D-Day on this day, picking June 5, 1944. It would move to a day later due to weather conditions, but the wheels were now in motion for the greatest armada in history to land on the continent.

May 7 Dale Hansen Medal of Honor

Dale Hansen received the Medal of Honor posthumously for his heroic leadership on Okinawa, when he led a series of one man assaults on Japanese positions with bazooka, rifle and grenade.  He was killed by a Japanese sniper three days later. Honor and remember him!

May 5 First American In Space

Alan Shepherd, a United States Naval aviator, became the first American and the second man in space on this day. Shepard was a remarkable American and an impressive leader. Learn about him and share his story.  Shepard’s father, Bart, had served in France in World War II and then again in World War II. The younger Shepard was a bit … Read More