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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 »


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 »

Master Sergeant Charles Lindwald U.S. Army - IT TOOK 36 YEARS , NOW HE IS HOME

BY DUANE ALLEN VACHON, PH.D. Recently I was speaking with a friend from LA Porte Indiana who asked me if there were any Medal of Honor recipients from La Porte. I was pretty sure there weren’t any however I did some research and confirmed that was the case. That does not mean there aren’t any […]

June 19th, 2015 | Posted in Heroes of the Pacific | Read More »

Alfred V. Rascon Lieutenant Colonel U.S. Army - LOST BUT NOT FORGOTTEN

BY DUANE ALLEN VACHON, PH.D. Rascon was born in Chihuahua, Mexico on September 10, 1945, as the only child of Alfredo and Andrea Rascon. The Rascon family, in search of a better way of life, emigrated to the United States. They settled in Oxnard, California, where Rascon received his primary and secondary education. On August […]

June 14th, 2015 | Posted in Heroes of the Pacific | Read More »

Remembering D-Day - June 6 1944

HONORING D-DAY BY DUANE ALLEN VACHON, PH.D. It was on this day, seventy-one years ago that the greatest invasion the world had ever witnessed began. Rather than write about Heroes from Vietnam I thought it would be appropriate to share the article below to honor the 10000 allies that died on that day. D-Day Remembered: […]

June 6th, 2015 | Posted in Special Features | Read More »


BY DUANE ALLAN VACHON, PH.D. For the last several months this column has been featuring Medal of Honor recipients from Indiana. Many of those recipients were awarded the Medal of Honor for actions in wars that many of us have forgotten. Aside from the fact that I am a Hoosier by birth I wanted to […]

May 31st, 2015 | Posted in Heroes of the Pacific | Read More »

Thomas W. Wigle Second Lieutenant U.S. Army - BEYOND THE CALL OF DUTY

BY DUANE ALLEN VACHON, PH.D. The Greek philosopher Thucydides once said, “The bravest are surely those who have the clearest vision of what is before them, glory and danger alike, and yet notwithstanding, go out to meet it.” Thomas Wigle born on May 18, 1909 at Indianapolis, Indiana. Wigle is one of those who Thucydides […]

May 22nd, 2015 | Posted in Heroes of the Pacific | Read More »


BY DUANE ALLEN VACHON, PH.D. Today we should all be proud to salute the patriotic and selfless men and women who proudly wear the uniforms of our nation's Armed Forces. Each service member, wherever he or she may be, whatever his or her task, contributes directly and importantly to the defense of this great nation. […]

May 16th, 2015 | Posted in Heroes of the Pacific | Read More »

Visiting Sandakan--Borneo's charming entrepot

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by Rob Kay and Kurt Stewart Sandakan is a port town and an entrepot to the wildlife refuges of the fabled Kinabatangan River. (See our recent article, Adventures along Borneo's Kinabatangan River: A Malaysian Wildlife Holiday). There's no question that most visitors to Sandakan are strictly passing through and are not going to be in town too […]

May 10th, 2015 | Posted in Guest Commentary,News,Opinion,Special Features,Travel,Travel | Read More »

A visit to Sandakan Memorial Park


By Kurt Stewart & Rob Kay On any given day, a walk through the Sandakan Memorial Park will stir up the wandering souls of the Second World War.  These were the grounds that once held some 2500 Australian and British soldiers prisoner. The locals near 8 Mile Camp, the name given to this place, will […]

May 6th, 2015 | Posted in Heroes of the Pacific,Opinion,Special Features,Travel,Travel | Read More »

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