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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 »

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 »

William E. Adams Major U.S. Army - COURAGE AND HONOR ARE NEVER OUT OF SEASON

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 »

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