Articles by Duane Vachon:

Melvin Morris SFC USA Medal of Honor - A QUIET ACHIEVER

Saturday, April 5th, 2014 in Heroes of the Pacific

BY DUANE A. VACHON PH.D. - If  you  were born and raised in Oklahoma in the 1950’s and were black, careers and jobs were sort of thin on the ground.  Maybe if you could find something in the fields or, if you got lucky, some kind of trade.  There was one other choice, join the […]

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John D. Bulkeley Vice Admiral USN - A GITMO HERO

Friday, March 21st, 2014 in Heroes of the Pacific

BY DUANE A. VACHON, PH.D.  John Duncan Bulkeley was born on  August 19, 1911 at New York City.   He grew up on a farm in Hackettstown, New Jersey and graduated from Hackettstown High School.  Bulkeley was  not able to gain an appointment to Annapolis from his home state of New Jersey.  Ultimately  he was able […]

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Thomas W. Bennett Corporal USA - A PASSIVE PATRIOT

Sunday, March 9th, 2014 in Heroes of the Pacific

BY DUANE ALLEN VACHON, PH.D.  Thomas W. Bennett was born in Morgantown, West Virginia on April 7, 1947.  He is the second of three conscientious objectors who received the Medal of Honor. (Desmond Doss, a medic in World War II, was the first. Joseph Guy LaPointe Jr was the third.). Bennett was killed in action […]

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Robert E. Bush, Navy Corpsman USN - A YOUNG HERO

Saturday, March 1st, 2014 in Heroes of the Pacific

BY DUANE A. VACHON, PH.D.  Bush was one of 482 Navy corpsmen at Okinawa and one of six who received the Medal of Honor, the military's highest award for valor for his actions during the battle for Okinawa.  According to U.S. Navy records Bush was the youngest Medal of Honor recipient in the Navy during […]

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Allen James Lynch Sergeant USA - TRUE GRIT

Sunday, February 23rd, 2014 in Heroes of the Pacific

BY DUANE A. VACHON, PH.D.  Some might say I am biased, born and raised in Northern Indiana. Having written about a lot of MEDAL Of Honor recipients, it’s always struck me that the ones from Indiana had real grit.  Lynch is an example of that.  Although his job was being a radio man, when he […]

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Emilio Albert De La Garza, Jr, LANCE CORPORAL USMC - ALL GAVE SOME, SOME GAVE ALL

Friday, February 14th, 2014 in Heroes of the Pacific

BY DUANE A. VACHON, PH.D.   Emilio Albert De La Garza, Jr. was born on June 23, 1949, in East Chicago, Indiana. He graduated from E.C. Washington High School in 1968. He was married and employed by Inland Steel Company in East Chicago (Indiana Harbor), Indiana, before enlisting in the Marine Corps. Renee De La Garza Lugo can't remember […]

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Lloyd L. Burke Colonel, U.S. Army - A DEADLY MAN

Saturday, February 8th, 2014 in Heroes of the Pacific

BY DUANE A. VACHON, PH.D.  Sam Walton may well be the most well known achiever in Arkansas but there are 25 others we need to remember, they are the 25 Medal of Honor recipients who called Arkansas home.  Lloyd  L. Burke “Scooter” would be one of the deadliest of them.  He managed to overrun several […]

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David A. Bramlett General - An Officer and a Gentleman

Sunday, January 26th, 2014 in Heroes of the Pacific

BY DUANE A. VACHON, PH.D.   Knowing General Bramlett personally I can vouch for the fact that he is truly an officer and a gentleman.  I first met General Bramlett in November of 2008 when as part of my duties at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific I assisted him in the inurnment service for […]

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Heroes of the Pacific: Edwin A. Shuman III Lt. Cmdr

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014 in Heroes of the Pacific

BY DUANE A. VACHON, PH.D. When nuclear powered USS ENTERPRISE arrived on Yankee Station on December 2, 1965, she was the largest warship ever built. She brought with her not only an imposing physical presence, but also an impressive component of warplanes and the newest technology. By the end of her first week of combat […]

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MARY EDWARDS WALKER - The only woman ever to receive the Medal of Honor

Sunday, December 15th, 2013 in Heroes of the Pacific

BY DUANE A. VACHON, PH.D. Recently my friend and go to person for anything about Wake Island, Bonita Gilbert asked me if there were any women who had received the Medal of Honor.  In all of the hundreds of Medal of Honor recipients I have written about I have never written about a women recipient.  […]

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