Articles by Duane Vachon:


Saturday, January 31st, 2015 in Heroes of the Pacific

BY DUANE ALLEN VACHON, PH.D. Am going to put Hoosier heroes on hold until next week. On February 3rd it will be the 72nd anniversary of four acts of selfless courage by four of my favorite heroes. On January 23, 1943, in the early morning, the Dorchester left New York, it was en route to […]

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Marion T. Anderson Captain U.S. Army Union Army - A HOOSIER HERO

Sunday, January 25th, 2015 in Heroes of the Pacific

BY DUANE ALLEN VACHON, PH.D. Marion T. Anderson served in the American Civil War in Company D, 51st Indiana Infantry for the Union Army. He received the Medal of Honor on September 1, 1893. As the first two articles this year are about Medal of Honor recipients from the American Civil War, I thought it […]

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Tuesday, January 20th, 2015 in Heroes of the Pacific

BY DUANE ALLEN VACHON, PH.D. We are back after the Christmas break with our articles featuring our brave men and women who are serving or have served in the American Armed Forces. Many of them have received America’s highest award for bravery, the “Medal of Honor”. The Citations for Medal of Honor recipients describe feats […]

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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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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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