April 18, 1942

1942: MEDAL OF HONOR–From the carrier USS Hornet, located 668 miles off Tokyo, Lt Col James H. Doolittle led 16 B-25s in the first raid on Japan. The range of the mission caused the raiders to crash land in China. The attack caused little damage; however, the mission raised U.S. morale and reversed a trend of Japanese victories. Doolittle later received the Medal of Honor for leading the mission. (Image: Gen Hap Arnold, Jo Doolittle, Jimmy Doolittle, and Gen George Marshall with FDR presenting the Medal of Honor)