Ernest Childers – Today In Southern History

5 April 1944  

On this date in 1944…

Creek Indian soldier Ernest Childers of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor during WWII for his courageous actions on September 22, 1943 near Oliveto, Italy while serving as a 2nd Lieutenant with the 45th Infantry Division. Childers single-handedly killed two enemy snipers, attacked two machine gun nests, and captured an artillery observer that had been directing fire against his unit.

Other Years:

  • 1861 – Virginia sent a three-man peace commission to Washington to diffuse the growing secession crisis.  U.S. President Lincoln refused to meet with the commissioners.
  • 1865 – Confederates routed federal troops at the Battle of Sabine Cross Roads at Mansfield, Louisiana
  • 1861 – Georgia state troops seized the U.S. mint at Dahlonega, Georgia. 
  • 2000 – Nineteen U.S. Marines were killed when a V-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft crashed near Marana, Arizona.

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