This Week in Military History

Charles O’Leary

Jan. 26, 1940: Army Brigadier General Sherian Grace Cadoria, the African American woman to achieve rank of general officer, is born in Marksville, Louisiana.

Jan. 26, 1948: Executive Order 9981 ends segregation in the U.S. armed forces.

Jan. 26, 1945 [World War II]: 11th Airborne Division landed in Manila, Philippines.

Jan. 27, 1973 [Vietnam War]: The Vietnam Peace Accord is signed in Paris.

Jan. 28, 1915: The U.S. Coast Guard is formed by consolidating the U.S. Life-Saving Service and the U.S. Revenue Cutter Service.

Jan. 29, 1943 [World War II]: Ruth Cheney Streeter becomes the first director of the Women Marines.

Jan. 29, 1945 [World War II]: 1SGT Leonard Funk, 508PIR/82nd ABN DIV earned Medal of Honor for actions in Belgium.

Jan. 30, 1945 [World War II]: U.S. Army Rangers rescue 513 prisoners of war from a prison camp near Cabanatuan, Philippines.

Jan. 31, 1968 [Vietnam War]: The Tet Offensive begins.

Jan. 31, 1990 [Operation Just Cause]: Panama Campaign ended.

Feb. 1, 1992 [Cold War]: The Camp David Declaration announces a new level of Russian-American relations: the Cold War is declared officially ended.

[From “Forever a Soldier”, the Library of Congress Veterans History Project]

Contributed to the Pawhuska Journal-Capital by American Legion Post 198.