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The 442nd Regiment received more than 18,000 awards, including 9,500 Purple Hearts, 5,200 Bronze Star Medals, 588 Silver Stars, 52 Distinguished Service Crosses, 7 Distinguished Unit Citations, and twenty-one Congressional Medal of Honors. The 442nd Regiment was the most decorated unit for its size and length of service in...
"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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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. ...