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Joe Ronnie Hooper Captain U.S. Army - VIETNAM WAR'S AUDIE MURPHY?

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Captain Joe Ronnie Hooper, Medal of Honor U.S. Army, Vietnam War   BY DUANE A. VACHON, PH.D.  Captain Joe Ronnie Hooper (August 8, 1938 – May 6, 1979) was a Vietnam veteran who was awarded 37 awards and decorations, second to Audie Murphy who won 38 decorations [" Audie Murphy American Soldier" by Col. Harold […]

August 31st, 2014 | Posted in Heroes of the Pacific | Read More »

Jesus S. Duran Sergeant U.S. Army - COURAGE & CHARACTER

President Barack Obama presents Medal of Honor to Tina Duran-Ruvalcaba, daughter of Sgt. Jesus Duran

BY DUANE A. VACHON, PH.D.  Tina Duran-Ruvalcaba, Sgt. Jesus S.Duran’s daughter,  received the Medal of Honor on his behalf from President Barack Obama in a March 18, 2014 White House ceremony.  The following day, she received the Medal of Honor flag from Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel in a ceremony in which Duran was inducted […]

August 24th, 2014 | Posted in Heroes of the Pacific | Read More »

Kern Wayne Dunagan, Colonel U.S. Army - TRUE GRIT

Col. Kern W. Dunagan, U.S. Army. Medal of Honor

  BY DUANE A. VACHON, PH.D.  In writing about Medal of Honor recipients I have pretty much come to the conclusion that they are made, not born.  In doing the research for this article I discovered that Dunagan is the second person in his family to be awarded this nation’s highest medal for bravery. Could […]

August 17th, 2014 | Posted in Heroes of the Pacific | Read More »

John Philip Baca Sp4, U.S. Army - A QUIET HERO

John Philip Baca Sp4 US Army

  It's a playground for the young, a walk for the dog, These grounds will be blessed by the rain and the sun, free from the smog. A refuge for the birds vacationing south, "Let's visit Baca's Park." Soon it won't be long for all to enjoy their song! My buddies and friends have joined […]

August 10th, 2014 | Posted in Heroes of the Pacific | Read More »

Leonard L. Alvarado SP4 U.S. ARMY - Tall in stature, tall in courage

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Lenora Alvarado, Specialist Alvarado's daughter Alvarado was born in Bakersfield, California on February 13, 1947, and enlisted in the U. S. Army on July 25, 1968, serving in the Vietnam War. He was killed in action, leaving behind his wife and a young daughter.  Specialist Alvarado's daughter never had the chance to know her father. […]

August 3rd, 2014 | Posted in Heroes of the Pacific,Special Features | Read More »

Ryan M. Pitts SSGT U.S.A. - Medal of Honor goes to soldier 'who held the line'

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  SSGT Ryan M. Pitts receives Medal of Honor from President Obama BY DUANE A.VACHON PH.D.  When the history books are written, the Battle of Wanat will undoubtedly go down as one of the most controversial of the Afghanistan war. Nine U.S. soldiers died in the battle and 27 others were wounded. Pitts is the ninth […]

July 28th, 2014 | Posted in Heroes of the Pacific | Read More »

Donald W. Evans, Jr. Sp 4 USA - POTENTIAL LOST

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SP4 Donald W. Evans, Jr. USA Medal of Honor BY DUANE A. VACHON PH.D.  One of the great loves in Evans life was the Riverside International Raceway. Only 30 miles from Evans home town, Covina California. During the 60’s and 70’s Riverside was the gathering place of those who loved racing. Nascar raced there as […]

July 19th, 2014 | Posted in Heroes of the Pacific | Read More »

Edward A. DeVore, Jr. Specialist 4 USA - The last measure of devotion

Sp4c Edward A. DeVore, Jr. Medal of Honor, Vietnam

  BY DUANE A. VACHON, PH.D.  Edward A. DeVore, Jr. was born in Torrance, California on June 15, 1947.  He was 20 years old when he joined the army in Harbor City, California.  DeVore would not live to see his 21st birthday.  He gave his life for his country before he was old enough to […]

July 13th, 2014 | Posted in Heroes of the Pacific | Read More »

Delbert Owen Jennings Command Sergeant Major USA - COURAGE SAVES LIVES

Cmd. Sgt. Mgr. Delbert Jennings, MOH US Army

BY DUANE A. VACHON, PH.D. Delbert Owen Jennings was born in Silver City, New Mexico.  Moving to California with his family,  Jennings was raised in Stockton where he graduated from Stockton High School. He joined the U.S. Army in 1956, then came home and said, "I joined the paratroopers today," his mother, Etta Jennings, recalled. […]

July 6th, 2014 | Posted in Heroes of the Pacific | Read More »

LESLIE ALLEN BELLRICHARD, PFC USA - "And God said who shall we send, I answered I am here, send me."

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  PFC Leslie Allen Bellrichard BY DUANE A VACHON, PH.D.  Bellrichard was born on December 4 1941 at Janesville Wisconsin.  When he was in his early teens his family moved to San Jose California. San Jose was to become his hometown and it was from there (Oakland) he joined the Army. Whilst I did not […]

June 29th, 2014 | Posted in Heroes of the Pacific,Special Features | Read More »

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