December 20, 1943

1943: On a mission to Bremen, Germany, radio operator TSgt Forest Vosler showed unusual courage, when his B-17 sustained flak damage and hits from enemy aircraft. He received wounds in his legs, but still fired his gun at the attackers. Then another shell exploded near him, lodging splinters in his chest, head, and both eyes. He refused first aid and, between lapses of consciousness, repaired a damaged radio by touch. When the plane ditched in water, Vosler scrambled out on the wing unaided and held another badly wounded man until others could help them into a dingy. Forrest Lee Vosler was the second enlisted U.S. Airman to receive the Medal of Honor. (Vosler receives the Medal of Honor from President Roosevelt)