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

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 […]

August 23rd, 2015 | Posted in Heroes of the Pacific | Read More »

106,207 HEROES

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 […]

August 15th, 2015 | Posted in Heroes of the Pacific | Read More »

HELLSHIPS - 21,000 ALMOST FORGOTTEN HEROES

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 […]

August 9th, 2015 | Posted in Heroes of the Pacific | Read More »

37,000 AMERICANS WHO MADE THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE

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 […]

August 1st, 2015 | Posted in Heroes of the Pacific | Read More »

VIETNAM THE FACTS

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 […]

July 25th, 2015 | Posted in Heroes of the Pacific | Read More »

FREEDOM IS NOT FREE

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 […]

July 18th, 2015 | Posted in Heroes of the Pacific | Read More »

FREEDOM IS NOT FREE

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 […]

July 18th, 2015 | Posted in Heroes of the Pacific | Read More »

Vincent R. Capodanno - "GRUNT PADRE"

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 […]

July 11th, 2015 | Posted in Heroes of the Pacific | Read More »

4th of July

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, […]

July 4th, 2015 | Posted in Heroes of the Pacific | Read More »

Frankie Zoly Molnar S/SGT U.S.A. - SELFLESS DISPLAY OF GALLANTRY

BY DUANE ALLEN VACHON, PH.D. 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. Molnar […]

June 29th, 2015 | Posted in Heroes of the Pacific | Read More »

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