This Week in U.S. Military History

Compiled by Charles O’Leary

April 19, 1967 [Vietnam War]: Air Force Maj. Leo Thorsness earns the Congressional Medal of Honor for shooting down enemy missiles and a plane.

April 20, 1945 [World War II]: The U.S. 7th Army captures Nuremberg and Stuttgart, Germany.

April 21, 1943 [World War II]: President Franklin D. Roosevelt announces that several pilots captured in the Doolittle Raid on Tokyo, Japan of April, 1942 have been executed by the Japanese.

April 22, 1915 [World War I]: In the second Battle of Ypres in Belgium, the German army initiates the use of poison gas [That was before they had “Earth Day”].

April 23, 1945 [World War II]: The Allies reach the Po River in Northern Italy and prepare to advance into France and Austria.

April 24, 1800: The Library of Congress is established.

April 25, 1945 [World War II]: American and Russian armies meet in Germany along the Elbe River and at Togau. A 21-year-old Infantry officer from Texas, 1LT Albert Kotzebue of the 69th Infantry Division, met Russian soldiers from the 1st Ukrainian Front, who had fought at Stalingrad.

“In my heart, I always thought of myself as American. Instead of resisting unconstitutional acts of the government against me, I took it without fighting, and to that extent I guess I was more Japanese than American—if that stereotype is true.”—Warren Tsuneishi, a Japanese American who served in the U.S. Army during World War II as a translator in the Pacific, while his family was confined at Heart Mountain Relocation Center, Wyoming.

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

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