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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 »

A NATION OF HEROES

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 »

A visit to Sandakan Memorial Park

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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 »

BURIAL IN A NATIONAL CEMETERY

BY DUANE ALLEN VACHON, PH.D. The final resting place for many of the heroes that I have written about over the years are in National Cemeteries. The National Cemetery Administration of the United States Department of Veterans Affairs maintains 131 of the 147 national cemeteries. The Department of the Army maintains two national cemeteries, Arlington […]

May 3rd, 2015 | Posted in Heroes of the Pacific | Read More »

ANZAC DAY - Bravery Awards at Gallipoli

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

ANZAC DAY - Bravery Awards at Gallipoli

BY DUANE ALLEN VACHON, PH.D. BY DUANE ALLEN VACHON, PH.D. Am going to take a break this week from honoring Hoosier Heroes, and indeed American Heroes. Much of my adult life was spent in Australia, more than was spent in Indiana. During my years in there I attended many dawn services and later in the […]

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

William Zion USMC Private - HEROES DON'T WEAR CAPES, THEY WEAR DOG TAGS

  BY DUANE ALLEN VACHON, PH.D. Since the Civil War, more than 39 million men and women have answered the call to serve. Of those, 3,440 served with such uncommon valor and extraordinary courage that they were presented with the Medal of Honor, the nation's highest military award. 75 of these Medal of Honors were awarded […]

April 20th, 2015 | Posted in Heroes of the Pacific | Read More »

Norman Scott Rear Admiral, United States Navy - A BRAVE HOOSIER SAILOR

BY DUANE ALLEN VACHON, PH.D. Norman Scott was born August 10, 1889 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Appointed to the Naval Academy in 1907, he graduated four years later and received his commission as Ensign in March 1912. During 1911-13, Ensign Scott served in the battleship USS Idaho (BB-24), then served in destroyers and related duty. In December 1917, he was Executive Officer of USS Jacob […]

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

William Gordon Windrich Staff Sergeant USMC - A HOOSIER WHO WOULD NOT QUIT

    BY DUANE ALLEN VACHON, PH.D. William Gordon Windrich was born May 14, 1921 in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Herman and Marguerite Windrich. He attended school within the Hammond, Indiana public schools until enlisting in the U.S. Marine Corps 6 June 1938. At the time of his enlistment he was only 17 years […]

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

Charles G. Abrell Corporal Marine Corps - A HOOSIER WITH GRIT

BY DUANE ALLEN VACHON, PH.D. Charles Gene Abrell was born on August 12, 1931 in Terre Haute, Indiana. He grew up in Las Vegas, Nevada and enlisted in the United States Marine Corps just five days after his 17th birthday in 1948. Following recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, South Carolina, he was assigned to Marine Corps Base […]

March 7th, 2015 | Posted in Heroes of the Pacific | Read More »

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