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by Kirk Hovious Everything about them was forgettable. Their mission was cloaked in secrecy. Their uniforms were stripped of rank and identification. The men they were sent to rescue had suffered and languished in subhuman conditions for over 3 years...seemingly forgotten by their own country. Nearly sixty years later, the...
Baca was born on January 10, 1949, in Providence, Rhode Island. He was raised in San Diego, California. Baca was drafted into the United States Army on June 10, 1968. By February 10, 1970, he was stationed in Vietnam as a Specialist Four with Company D of the 1st Battalion,...
Ross Franklin Gray, US Marine Corps 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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
BY DUANE A. VACHON, PH.D. , 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...
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...
, 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...