Articles by Duane Vachon:

PUNCHBOWL FINAL RESTING PLACE

Sunday, August 30th, 2015 in Heroes of the Pacific

"Over the years, the United States has sent many of its fine young men and women into great peril to fight for freedom beyond our borders. The only amount of land we have ever asked for in return is enough to bury those that did not return." -- Colin Powell BY DUANE ALLEN VACHON, PH.D. […]

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A GATHERING OF HEROES - Honolulu, Hawaii the Week of October 1, 2012

Sunday, August 23rd, 2015 in Heroes of the Pacific

BY DUANE A. VACHON, PH.D. In my job I have buried 4 star generals. I have met Emperors and Empresses, Heads of States, Prime Ministers and Presidents. All of this paled when on Wednesday October 3rd, 2012 I had the honor and privilege to be part of the team that hosted 52 of the living […]

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106,207 HEROES

Saturday, August 15th, 2015 in Heroes of the Pacific

BY DUANE ALLEN VACHON, PH.D. Victory over Japan Day (also known as Victory in the Pacific Day, V-J Day, or V-P Day) is a name chosen for the day on which the Surrender of Japan occurred, effectively ending World War II, and subsequent anniversaries of that event. The term has been applied to both the […]

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HELLSHIPS - 21,000 ALMOST FORGOTTEN HEROES

Sunday, August 9th, 2015 in Heroes of the Pacific

BY DUANE ALLEN VACHON, PH.D. Later this month we will be the 70th anniversary of the signing of the unconditional surrender by the Japanese on board the USS Missouri in Tokyo Harbor. I thought it would be interesting to recall some of the events and the price that was paid to achieve the surrender. While […]

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37,000 AMERICANS WHO MADE THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE

Saturday, August 1st, 2015 in Heroes of the Pacific

37,000 Americans Who Made the Ultimate Sacrifice BY DUANE ALLEN VACHON, PH.D. Last Monday, July 27, was the 62nd anniversary of the signing of the Korean War Armistice. The day passed with little or no fanfare regarding the Armistice, or the 37,000 Americans who lost their lives so the Armistice could be signed. The major […]

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VIETNAM THE FACTS

Saturday, July 25th, 2015 in Heroes of the Pacific

BY DUANE ALLEN VACHON PH.D. After I had been in country for several months I was convinced that the enemy did not have a bullet with my name on it. What I had failed to take into account was the enemy had lots of bullets addressed “To whom it may concern”. It was July 27th […]

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FREEDOM IS NOT FREE

Saturday, July 18th, 2015 in Heroes of the Pacific

BY DUANE ALLEN VACHON, PH.D. This article is a little different than the usual ones you see here. It is from the letters to the editor section of a Sun City newspaper. It should remind you that freedom, is not free. Luke AFB is west of Phoenix and is rapidly being surrounded by civilization that […]

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FREEDOM IS NOT FREE

Saturday, July 18th, 2015 in Heroes of the Pacific

BY DUANE ALLEN VACHON, PH.D. This article is a little different than the usual ones you see here. It is from the letters to the editor section of a Sun City newspaper. It should remind you that freedom, is not free. Luke AFB is west of Phoenix and is rapidly being surrounded by civilization that […]

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Vincent R. Capodanno - "GRUNT PADRE"

Saturday, July 11th, 2015 in Heroes of the Pacific

BY DUANE ALLEN VACHON, PH.D. If you have never visited Semper Fidelis Memorial Chapel on the grounds of the National Museum of the Marine Corps, you have missed visiting a truly inspirational place. In my six plus decades on this planet I have visited many beautiful chapels. The Semper Fidelis Chapel holds its own with […]

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4th of July

Saturday, July 4th, 2015 in Heroes of the Pacific

BY DUANE ALLEN VACHON, PH.D. One would initially think that a 4th of July speech would be an easy one. After all, it's a national holiday, a family day and there's usually a great picnic somewhere with hotdogs and watermelon and at least one three-legged race or softball game. For a veteran such as myself, […]

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