Articles by Duane Vachon:

William T. Perkins, Jr. Corporal United States Marine Corps - A NEW KIND OF HERO

Sunday, October 19th, 2014 in Heroes of the Pacific

BY DUANE ALLEN VACHON PH.D.  For many years prior to my retirement I worked at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.  My job as the cemetery representative was to help the families organize the committal service for their loved one.   Meeting  with the family I would  help organize the service.  This involved coordinating with […]

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Frankie Zoly Molnar S/SGT U.S.A. - SELFLESS DISPLAY OF GALLANTRY

Saturday, October 11th, 2014 in Heroes of the Pacific

BY DUANE ALLEN VACHON, PH.D.  I have discovered another characteristic that the heroes I write about in these articles share, selflessness. I am thinking of selflessness as an adjective, someone who has little or no concern for themselves, especially regarding fame, position, or money and is always more concerned with others wellbeing than their own. […]

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William Loren McGonagle Captain U.S.N. - A VERY QUIET ACHIEVER

Sunday, October 5th, 2014 in Heroes of the Pacific

  BY DUANE ALLEN VACHON, P.H.D.  McGonagle was born November 19, 1925 in Wichita, Kansas. After attending secondary school and college in California, he enlisted in the Navy in 1944 and for the next three years participated in a Navy training program at the University of Southern California. In June 1947 he accepted a commission into the […]

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Gary Lee Littrell Command Sergeant Major U.S.Army - COMMITMENT, INTEGRITY, COURAGE

Sunday, September 28th, 2014 in Heroes of the Pacific

r BY DUANE ALLEN VACHON, PH.D.  After writing almost 300 articles honoring America’s bravest, Medal of Honor recipients, there are a few characteristics I find they all share.  One of them is integrity.  Websters might define it differently, I think integrity is doing the right thing, even when no one is watching, even when it’s […]

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Bennie G. Adkins C/Sgt. Maj. U.S. Army - A DEADLY HERO

Sunday, September 21st, 2014 in Heroes of the Pacific

BY DUANE ALLEN VACHON, PH.D.  Bennie G. Adkins was born Feb. 1, 1934 in Waurika, Oklahoma. He was drafted in 1956, and was assigned to a garrison unit in Germany, with a follow-on assignment to the 2nd Infantry Division, Fort Benning, Ga. After attending Airborne School, he volunteered for Special Forces in 1961, serving with […]

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Ralph H. Johnson PFC Marine Corps - COMMITMENT & COURAGE

Sunday, September 14th, 2014 in Heroes of the Pacific

BY DUANE A. VACHON, PH.D.  Ralph Henry Johnson was born on January 11, 1949, in Charleston, South Carolina. He attended Courtnay Elementary School and Simonton Jr. High School in Charleston, South Carolina. Johnson enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve at Oakland, California on March 23, 1967, and was discharged to enlist in the regular Marine Corps on July 2, 1967. Upon completion […]

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George Alan Ingalls Sp 4 U.S. Army - GREATER LOVE HAS NO MAN

Sunday, September 7th, 2014 in Heroes of the Pacific

  BY DUANE A. VACHON, PH.D.  George Alan Ingalls (March 9, 1946 – April 16, 1967) was a United States Army soldier and a recipient of the United States military's highest decoration—the Medal of Honor—for his actions in the Vietnam War.   Ingalls joined the Army from Los Angeles, California in 1966  and by April 16, 1967 was serving as a specialist four in […]

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Joe Ronnie Hooper Captain U.S. Army - VIETNAM WAR'S AUDIE MURPHY?

Sunday, August 31st, 2014 in Heroes of the Pacific

Captain Joe Ronnie Hooper, Medal of Honor U.S. Army, Vietnam War   BY DUANE A. VACHON, PH.D.  Captain Joe Ronnie Hooper (August 8, 1938 – May 6, 1979) was a Vietnam veteran who was awarded 37 awards and decorations, second to Audie Murphy who won 38 decorations [" Audie Murphy American Soldier" by Col. Harold […]

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Jesus S. Duran Sergeant U.S. Army - COURAGE & CHARACTER

Sunday, August 24th, 2014 in Heroes of the Pacific

BY DUANE A. VACHON, PH.D.  Tina Duran-Ruvalcaba, Sgt. Jesus S.Duran’s daughter,  received the Medal of Honor on his behalf from President Barack Obama in a March 18, 2014 White House ceremony.  The following day, she received the Medal of Honor flag from Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel in a ceremony in which Duran was inducted […]

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Kern Wayne Dunagan, Colonel U.S. Army - TRUE GRIT

Sunday, August 17th, 2014 in Heroes of the Pacific

  BY DUANE A. VACHON, PH.D.  In writing about Medal of Honor recipients I have pretty much come to the conclusion that they are made, not born.  In doing the research for this article I discovered that Dunagan is the second person in his family to be awarded this nation’s highest medal for bravery. Could […]

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