Articles by Duane Vachon:

Elmelindo Rodrigues Smith, Platoon Sergeant U.S. Army - WAHIAWA HERO

Sunday, October 4th, 2015 in Heroes of the Pacific

BY DUANE ALLEN VACHON PHD -- There was nothing to suggest in the early morning hours of July 27, 1935 that the new baby being born from the backwater town of Wahiawa on the island of Oahu was different from any other baby born that day. The baby boy of Hispanic-Asian descent was christened Elmelindo […]

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GREATER LOVE HATH NO MAN - Sgt. Joseph E. Muller, U.S. Army, WW II, Medal of Honor (1908-1945)

Sunday, September 27th, 2015 in Heroes of the Pacific

Sgt. Joseph E. Muller, U.S.Army, WWII, Medal of Honor BY DUANE A. VACHON, PH.D. Joseph E. Muller was born on June 23, 1908, at Holyoke, Massachusetts. While doing the research for this article, I discovered an interesting fact: Holyoke, with a population of less than 40,000 has produced three Medal of Honor recipients. In the […]

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The Most Decorated Unit in American History -- (442nd REGIMENT)

Sunday, September 6th, 2015 in Heroes of the Pacific

BY DUANE ALLEN VACHON, PH.D. The 442nd Regiment received more than 18,000 awards, including 9,500 Purple Hearts, 5,200 Bronze Star Medals, 588 Silver Stars, 52 Distinguished Service Crosses, 7 Distinguished Unit Citations, and twenty-one Congressional Medal of Honors. The 442nd Regiment was the most decorated unit for its size and length of service in the […]

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Sunday, August 30th, 2015 in Heroes of the Pacific

"Over the years, the United States has sent many of its fine young men and women into great peril to fight for freedom beyond our borders. The only amount of land we have ever asked for in return is enough to bury those that did not return." -- Colin Powell BY DUANE ALLEN VACHON, PH.D. […]

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A GATHERING OF HEROES - Honolulu, Hawaii the Week of October 1, 2012

Sunday, August 23rd, 2015 in Heroes of the Pacific

BY DUANE A. VACHON, PH.D. In my job I have buried 4 star generals. I have met Emperors and Empresses, Heads of States, Prime Ministers and Presidents. All of this paled when on Wednesday October 3rd, 2012 I had the honor and privilege to be part of the team that hosted 52 of the living […]

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106,207 HEROES

Saturday, August 15th, 2015 in Heroes of the Pacific

BY DUANE ALLEN VACHON, PH.D. Victory over Japan Day (also known as Victory in the Pacific Day, V-J Day, or V-P Day) is a name chosen for the day on which the Surrender of Japan occurred, effectively ending World War II, and subsequent anniversaries of that event. The term has been applied to both the […]

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Sunday, August 9th, 2015 in Heroes of the Pacific

BY DUANE ALLEN VACHON, PH.D. Later this month we will be the 70th anniversary of the signing of the unconditional surrender by the Japanese on board the USS Missouri in Tokyo Harbor. I thought it would be interesting to recall some of the events and the price that was paid to achieve the surrender. While […]

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Saturday, August 1st, 2015 in Heroes of the Pacific

37,000 Americans Who Made the Ultimate Sacrifice BY DUANE ALLEN VACHON, PH.D. Last Monday, July 27, was the 62nd anniversary of the signing of the Korean War Armistice. The day passed with little or no fanfare regarding the Armistice, or the 37,000 Americans who lost their lives so the Armistice could be signed. The major […]

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Saturday, July 25th, 2015 in Heroes of the Pacific

BY DUANE ALLEN VACHON PH.D. After I had been in country for several months I was convinced that the enemy did not have a bullet with my name on it. What I had failed to take into account was the enemy had lots of bullets addressed “To whom it may concern”. It was July 27th […]

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Saturday, July 18th, 2015 in Heroes of the Pacific

BY DUANE ALLEN VACHON, PH.D. This article is a little different than the usual ones you see here. It is from the letters to the editor section of a Sun City newspaper. It should remind you that freedom, is not free. Luke AFB is west of Phoenix and is rapidly being surrounded by civilization that […]

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