Articles by Duane Vachon:

COWARDS - Allah akbar

Sunday, November 22nd, 2015 in Special Features

BY DUANE A. VACHON, PH.D. I guess the title might give you a clue that this column is for the first time since it began going to mention the opposite of Heroes. It’s something I feel strongly about and think the column will resonate with many readers. Literally "God is great" in Arabic. Nice thought, […]

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ARMED WITH NOTHING BUT COURAGE-Sergeant Ross Franklin Gray, US Marine Corps, WWII, Medal of Honor (1920-1945)

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

For many years I have been writing about men and women who by any standard were courageous. Sergeant Gray is one of the most courageous I have written about. He exposed himself to intense enemy fire during the landing at Iwo Jima. Despite the heavy barrage coming from the Japanese bunkers he went out unarmed […]

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Thank You

Sunday, November 8th, 2015 in Heroes of the Pacific

BY DUANE ALLEN VACHON, PH.D. Since America became a nation, 22,317,761 of its men and women have served at various times to protect our country. Since the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. Almost half, 977,542, of those who have served in Iraq or Afghanistan have been deployed more than once. […]

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From Hero to Saint- SAINT DISMAS, THE GOOD THIEF - Fr Emil Kapaun, U.S. Army & Korean War(1916-51) (1916-1951), WWII

Sunday, November 1st, 2015 in Heroes of the Pacific

Father Emil Kapaun, Chaplain in U.S. Army, WWII and Korean War, Distinguished Service Cross and other Military Decorations. This is not the first time I have written about Father Kapaun and I doubt it will be the last. I Uwritten about hundreds of heroes and have identified a few that are my personal heroes. Father […]

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The First Filipino WW II Medal of Honor, Cpt. Jose Cabalfin Calugas, U.S. Army (1907-1998)

Saturday, October 24th, 2015 in Heroes of the Pacific

BY DUANE ALLEN VACHON, PH.D. - Captain Jose Cabalfin Calugas, Sr. was the first Filipino Soldier to have received the Medal of Honor during WW II. Calugas was born on December 29, 1907 in Barangay Tagsing, Leon, Iloilo Philippines. He had three siblings of which he was the oldest. His mother died when he was […]

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WAKE 98 - Brave men who built and died for America

Saturday, October 17th, 2015 in Heroes of the Pacific

BY DUANE ALLEN VACHON, PH.D. As a news hound I can set alerts with most of the leading news services to notify me if a subject I am interested in is covered on a specific day. Sadly on October 7, 2015 there was not a mention of the Wake Island massacre. The big news for […]

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Patrick Henry Brady,--Major General U.S. Army -- "FLY, WITHOUT HESITATION, ANYTIME, ANYWHERE"

Monday, October 12th, 2015 in Heroes of the Pacific

BY DUANE A. VACHON, PH.D. Major General Patrick Henry Brady, USA (born October 1, 1936) is a retired American Army officer. While serving as a helicopter pilot in the Vietnam War, he received the United States military's highest decoration, the Medal of Honor. It is easy for me to relate to this story. After I […]

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Elmelindo Rodrigues Smith, Platoon Sergeant U.S. Army - WAHIAWA HERO

Sunday, October 4th, 2015 in Heroes of the Pacific

BY DUANE ALLEN VACHON PHD -- There was nothing to suggest in the early morning hours of July 27, 1935 that the new baby being born from the backwater town of Wahiawa on the island of Oahu was different from any other baby born that day. The baby boy of Hispanic-Asian descent was christened Elmelindo […]

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GREATER LOVE HATH NO MAN - Sgt. Joseph E. Muller, U.S. Army, WW II, Medal of Honor (1908-1945)

Sunday, September 27th, 2015 in Heroes of the Pacific

Sgt. Joseph E. Muller, U.S.Army, WWII, Medal of Honor BY DUANE A. VACHON, PH.D. Joseph E. Muller was born on June 23, 1908, at Holyoke, Massachusetts. While doing the research for this article, I discovered an interesting fact: Holyoke, with a population of less than 40,000 has produced three Medal of Honor recipients. In the […]

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The Most Decorated Unit in American History -- (442nd REGIMENT)

Sunday, September 6th, 2015 in Heroes of the Pacific

BY DUANE ALLEN VACHON, PH.D. The 442nd Regiment received more than 18,000 awards, including 9,500 Purple Hearts, 5,200 Bronze Star Medals, 588 Silver Stars, 52 Distinguished Service Crosses, 7 Distinguished Unit Citations, and twenty-one Congressional Medal of Honors. The 442nd Regiment was the most decorated unit for its size and length of service in the […]

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