Articles by Duane Vachon:

Jesus S. Duran Sergeant U.S. Army - COURAGE & CHARACTER

Sunday, August 24th, 2014 in Heroes of the Pacific

BY DUANE A. VACHON, PH.D.  Tina Duran-Ruvalcaba, Sgt. Jesus S.Duran’s daughter,  received the Medal of Honor on his behalf from President Barack Obama in a March 18, 2014 White House ceremony.  The following day, she received the Medal of Honor flag from Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel in a ceremony in which Duran was inducted […]

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Kern Wayne Dunagan, Colonel U.S. Army - TRUE GRIT

Sunday, August 17th, 2014 in Heroes of the Pacific

  BY DUANE A. VACHON, PH.D.  In writing about Medal of Honor recipients I have pretty much come to the conclusion that they are made, not born.  In doing the research for this article I discovered that Dunagan is the second person in his family to be awarded this nation’s highest medal for bravery. Could […]

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John Philip Baca Sp4, U.S. Army - A QUIET HERO

Sunday, August 10th, 2014 in Heroes of the Pacific

  It's a playground for the young, a walk for the dog, These grounds will be blessed by the rain and the sun, free from the smog. A refuge for the birds vacationing south, "Let's visit Baca's Park." Soon it won't be long for all to enjoy their song! My buddies and friends have joined […]

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Leonard L. Alvarado SP4 U.S. ARMY - Tall in stature, tall in courage

Sunday, August 3rd, 2014 in Heroes of the Pacific&Special Features

Lenora Alvarado, Specialist Alvarado's daughter Alvarado was born in Bakersfield, California on February 13, 1947, and enlisted in the U. S. Army on July 25, 1968, serving in the Vietnam War. He was killed in action, leaving behind his wife and a young daughter.  Specialist Alvarado's daughter never had the chance to know her father. […]

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Ryan M. Pitts SSGT U.S.A. - Medal of Honor goes to soldier 'who held the line'

Monday, July 28th, 2014 in Heroes of the Pacific

  SSGT Ryan M. Pitts receives Medal of Honor from President Obama BY DUANE A.VACHON PH.D.  When the history books are written, the Battle of Wanat will undoubtedly go down as one of the most controversial of the Afghanistan war. Nine U.S. soldiers died in the battle and 27 others were wounded. Pitts is the ninth […]

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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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