Articles by Duane Vachon:

Donald W. Evans, Jr. Sp 4 USA - POTENTIAL LOST

Saturday, July 19th, 2014 in Heroes of the Pacific

SP4 Donald W. Evans, Jr. USA Medal of Honor BY DUANE A. VACHON PH.D.  One of the great loves in Evans life was the Riverside International Raceway. Only 30 miles from Evans home town, Covina California. During the 60’s and 70’s Riverside was the gathering place of those who loved racing. Nascar raced there as […]

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Edward A. DeVore, Jr. Specialist 4 USA - The last measure of devotion

Sunday, July 13th, 2014 in Heroes of the Pacific

  BY DUANE A. VACHON, PH.D.  Edward A. DeVore, Jr. was born in Torrance, California on June 15, 1947.  He was 20 years old when he joined the army in Harbor City, California.  DeVore would not live to see his 21st birthday.  He gave his life for his country before he was old enough to […]

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Delbert Owen Jennings Command Sergeant Major USA - COURAGE SAVES LIVES

Sunday, July 6th, 2014 in Heroes of the Pacific

BY DUANE A. VACHON, PH.D. Delbert Owen Jennings was born in Silver City, New Mexico.  Moving to California with his family,  Jennings was raised in Stockton where he graduated from Stockton High School. He joined the U.S. Army in 1956, then came home and said, "I joined the paratroopers today," his mother, Etta Jennings, recalled. […]

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LESLIE ALLEN BELLRICHARD, PFC USA - "And God said who shall we send, I answered I am here, send me."

Sunday, June 29th, 2014 in Heroes of the Pacific&Special Features

  PFC Leslie Allen Bellrichard BY DUANE A VACHON, PH.D.  Bellrichard was born on December 4 1941 at Janesville Wisconsin.  When he was in his early teens his family moved to San Jose California. San Jose was to become his hometown and it was from there (Oakland) he joined the Army. Whilst I did not […]

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Richard A. Penry Sergeant USA - NO ONE LEFT BEHIND

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014 in Heroes of the Pacific

    BY DUANE A. VACHON, PH.D.  Born in Petaluma, California, Richard Allen Penry joined the Army from Oakland, California, and by January 31, 1970 was serving as a Sergeant in Company C, 4th Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 199th Infantry Brigade.   On  that day, in Binh Tuy Province of the Republic of Vietnam, his […]

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Peter H. Quinn Private USA - A HERO WITH CALIFORNIA GRIT

Saturday, June 7th, 2014 in Heroes of the Pacific&News

BY DUANE A. VACHON, PH.D.  The 4th Cavalry Regiment is one of the most famous and most decorated regiments in the United States Army. Since its activation in 1855, twenty-nine of the regiment's soldiers have been awarded the Medal of Honor during the Civil War, Indian Wars, the Philippine Insurrection, and Vietnam. This article is […]

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Paul H. Foster Sergeant USMC Medal of Honor - GREATER LOVE HATH NO MAN

Sunday, June 1st, 2014 in Heroes of the Pacific

BY DUANE A. VACHON, PH.D.  Paul Hellstrom Foster, a native of California, posthumously received the Medal of Honor for heroism in Vietnam in October 1967. Foster was born on April 17, 1939, in San Mateo, California. He attended elementary and high schools there, and was a member of the varsity football and track teams. After […]

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136 Medals of Honor are Accredited to California

Monday, May 26th, 2014 in Heroes of the Pacific

BY DUANE A. VACHON, PH.D.  One Medal of Honor  that stands out to me, was awarded to Sadao Munemori of Los Angeles who died in his heroic action becoming the only Japanese-American to receive the Medal during World War II.  His Nisei Unit, the 442d Regiment, was one of the most decorated of the war […]

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John J. McGinty III Captain USMC, He did what Marine Sergeants do

Sunday, April 20th, 2014 in News

  BY DUANE A. VACHON, PH.D.  John McGinty III was born in Boston, Massachusetts on January 21, 1940. He completed grammar school in Louisville, Kentucky in 1955, and attended high school in Louisville for a year and a half before enlisting in the United States Marine Corps Reserve on February 19, 1957. He completed recruit […]

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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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