Articles by Duane Vachon:


Monday, April 20th, 2015 in Heroes of the Pacific

  BY DUANE ALLEN VACHON, PH.D. Since the Civil War, more than 39 million men and women have answered the call to serve. Of those, 3,440 served with such uncommon valor and extraordinary courage that they were presented with the Medal of Honor, the nation's highest military award. 75 of these Medal of Honors were awarded […]

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Allen Walker U.S. Army Private - A PATRIOT FROM PATRIOT

Sunday, April 12th, 2015 in News

BY DUANE ALLEN VACHON, PH.D.   Allen Walker was born in Patriot, Indiana, on January 19, 1866, the son of William and Eveline Walker. He enlisted in the army at Indianapolis in 1884 and served in the Nineteenth United States Infantry Regiment in South Texas. He was discharged at San Antonio in 1889 and promptly reenlisted […]

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Norman Scott Rear Admiral, United States Navy - A BRAVE HOOSIER SAILOR

Sunday, March 22nd, 2015 in Heroes of the Pacific

BY DUANE ALLEN VACHON, PH.D. Norman Scott was born August 10, 1889 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Appointed to the Naval Academy in 1907, he graduated four years later and received his commission as Ensign in March 1912. During 1911-13, Ensign Scott served in the battleship USS Idaho (BB-24), then served in destroyers and related duty. In December 1917, he was Executive Officer of USS Jacob […]

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William Gordon Windrich Staff Sergeant USMC - A HOOSIER WHO WOULD NOT QUIT

Saturday, March 14th, 2015 in Heroes of the Pacific

    BY DUANE ALLEN VACHON, PH.D. William Gordon Windrich was born May 14, 1921 in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Herman and Marguerite Windrich. He attended school within the Hammond, Indiana public schools until enlisting in the U.S. Marine Corps 6 June 1938. At the time of his enlistment he was only 17 years […]

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Charles G. Abrell Corporal Marine Corps - A HOOSIER WITH GRIT

Saturday, March 7th, 2015 in Heroes of the Pacific

BY DUANE ALLEN VACHON, PH.D. Charles Gene Abrell was born on August 12, 1931 in Terre Haute, Indiana. He grew up in Las Vegas, Nevada and enlisted in the United States Marine Corps just five days after his 17th birthday in 1948. Following recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, South Carolina, he was assigned to Marine Corps Base […]

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George L. Banks First Sergeant, United States Army-Union Army

Saturday, February 28th, 2015 in Heroes of the Pacific

HONOR AT MISSIONARY RIDGE BY DUANE ALLEN VACHON, PH.D. Banks’ early years were spent in Lake and La Porte counties Indiana. It was there where he obtained his early education. He worked with his father's farming operations until he was seventeen. Having a bit of the wanderlust in him, not long after his seventeenth birthday […]

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Clinton Lycurgus Armstrong Private - U. S. Army - Union Army

Sunday, February 22nd, 2015 in Heroes of the Pacific

BY DUANE ALLEN VACHON, PH.D. Clinton Lycurgus Armstrong (February 3, 1844 – January 5, 1899) was a Union Army soldier during the American Civil War. He received the Medal of Honor for gallantry during the Siege of Vicksburg on May 22, 1863. Armstrong was born in Franklin, Indiana, he was 18 years old when he […]

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James W. Archer 1st Lieutenant -59TH INDIANA INFANTRY - UNION ARMY

Sunday, February 15th, 2015 in Heroes of the Pacific

  James W. Archer 1st Lieutenant                                      59th Indiana Infantry - Union Army BY DUANE ALLEN VACHON, PH.D. Archer served in the American Civil War with the 59th Indiana Infantry for the Union Army. He received the Medal of Honor on August 2, 1897 for his actions at the Second Battle of Corinth. Archer served in the American Civil War in the 59th Indiana […]

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A Hoosier Hero - PFC Daniel Dean Bruce, U.S.M.C.(1950-1969) -A REAL HOMETOWN HERO

Monday, February 9th, 2015 in Heroes of the Pacific

PFC Daniel Dean Bruce - A REAL HOMETOWN HERO BY DUANE A. VACHON, PH.D.  – This will be the second time I have featured Daniel in this column. For me this is a real home town hero.  Daniel Bruce was born in Michigan City, Indiana, my home town.  Although I am three years older than Bruce […]

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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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