Articles by Duane Vachon:

Alfred V. Rascon Lieutenant Colonel U.S. Army: A Case of Overlooked Valor

Monday, November 24th, 2014 in Heroes of the Pacific&Special Features

BY DUANE ALLEN VACHON, PH.D.   Alfred V. Rascon was born in Chihuahua, Mexico on September 10, 1945, as the only child of Alfredo and Andrea Rascon. The Rascon family, in search of a better way of life, emigrated to the United States. They settled in Oxnard, California, where Rascon received his primary and secondary education. On August 1963, he […]

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LEAST WE FORGET - 42 Million Heroes

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

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Richard A. Pittman Master Sergeant USMC

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

BY DUANE ALLEN VACHON, PH.D.  Master Sergeant Richard Allan Pittman (born May 26, 1945) is a retired United States Marine who received the Medal of Honor for his heroic actions on July 24, 1966 during the Vietnam War. Richard Allan Pittman was born on May 26, 1945 in San Joaquin County, Stockton, California. He attended Hazelton Elementary School, Fremont Junior High School, and […]

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Jimmy Wayne Phipps PFC USMC

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

  LEST WE FORGET BY DUANE ALLEN VACHON, PH.D. Jimmy Wayne Phipps was born on November 1, 1950, in Santa Monica, California. He attended Marina Del Ray Junior High School in Culver City, California and Venice High School in California.  He left high school to enlist in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve on January 3, 1968 and was discharged on January 7, 1968 […]

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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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