20 February

2lt WALTER E. TRUEMPER and SGT Archibald Mathies (Air Mission) 510th Bomber Squadron, 351st Bomber Group U.S. Army Air Corps 20 February 1944 Lt. Truemper and Sgt Mathies were Flying as Navigator and Ball-Turret Gunner respectively, on a bombing mission over Europe on 20 February 1944. Their aircraft was attacked in force by a squadron … Continue reading 20 February

19 February

SFC FRED W. ZABITOSKY 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) Vicinity of the Republic of Vietnam 19 February 1968 As second in command of a 9 man Long Range Reconnaissance Patrol (LRRP), SFC Zabitosky’s patrol was operating deep within enemy-controlled territory when they were attacked by a numerically superior NVA element. Zabitosky rallied his team, deploying … Continue reading 19 February

18 February

SP/4 DANIEL FERNANDEZ C Co. 1st Bn, 5th Inf (Mech) 25th ID Cu Chi, Hau Nghia Province, RVN 18 February 1966 When SP/4 Fernandez’s patrol was ambushed by a Viet Cong rifle company, one of the Americans was wounded and unable to make it to cover. SP/4 Fernandez, one of his NCOs and 2 other … Continue reading 18 February

17 February

PFC WILLIAM J. JOHNSTON G Co. 180th Infantry, 45th Infantry Division Padiglione, Italy 17 February 1944 While standing sentry, PFC Johnston spotted then singlehandedly engaged an attacking force of approximately 80 Germans, inflicting 25-plus casualties and forcing them to withdraw. Johnston spent the rest of the day manning his position, while the advancing Germans focused, … Continue reading 17 February

16 February

PSG ELMELINDO R. SMITH C Co., 2d Bn, 8th Inf Regt, 4th ID Republic of Vietnam 16 February 1967 When PSG (then SSG) Smith’s reconnaissance patrol was engaged by intense machinegun fire hemming the platoon down on three sides, PSG Smith organized his men into a hasty defensive perimeter. The enemy added mortar and rocket … Continue reading 16 February

15 February

LTJG NATHAN G GORDON Pilot in Command PBY Patrol Acft.  - Black Cat Squadron Bismarck Sea, South Pacific. Vicinity of Vitu Islands The Black Cats were stealth PBYs that used the darkness as cover for attacks on Japanese ships and Zeros in the dead of night. The flat-black PBYs were almost invisible in the night … Continue reading 15 February

14 February

WT1 ELMER CHARLES BIGELOW Water Tender, DD-992 USS Fletcher Off the coast of Corregidor 14 February 1945   U.S.S. Fletcher was engaging enemy positions off Corregidor Island in the Philippines, 14 February 1945. Water Tender First Class Bigelow was at his station topside when Fletcher was struck by an artillery round. Bigelow, jumped into action … Continue reading 14 February

13 February

PFC MANUEL, PÉREZ JR. A Co. 511th Parachute Infantry, 11th Airborne Div. Fort William McKinley, Luzon, Philippine Islands 13 February 1945 A Co. attacked a heavily fortified sector defending the approach to Japanese held, Fort William McKinley on Luzon.  Perez went forward to establish the locations of enemy pillboxes. While scouting out the location of … Continue reading 13 February

12 February

SGT CHARLES R. LONG M Co. 38th INF. RGMT, 2d ID Hoengsong, Korea 12 February 1951 Company M was holding a defensive perimeter on Hill – 300 when they were attacked by a numerically superior hostile force at approximately 0300 hours. Co. M was quickly overwhelmed by the massive assault and were ordered to withdraw. … Continue reading 12 February

11 February

2Lt  EDWARD C. DAHLGREN E, 142d Infantry, 36th ID Oberhoffen, France 11 February 1945   A platoon from E Co. ended up surrounded and cut off from the main body of US forces near Oberhoffen, France. 2Lt Dahlgreen, (Sgt at the time) mustered his platoon and set out to rescue the surrounded Americans, As his … Continue reading 11 February