October 6, 1918

1918: MEDALS OF HONOR. Near Binarvelle, France, 1Lt Harold E. Goettler with the 50th Aero Squadron and 2Lt Erwin P. Bleckley (Kansas National Guard), flying as an observer, try to drop supplies to a surrounded US Army battalion in the Argonne Forest (the famous lost batta­lion). They fly as low as possible to deliver the supplies more precisely, but enemy ground fire brings their plane down. Lt Goettler dies instantly. Both men receive the Medal of Hon­or.