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Alfred V. Rascon Lieutenant Colonel U.S. Army: A Case of Overlooked Valor

Alfred V. Rascon

BY DUANE ALLEN VACHON, PH.D.   Alfred V. 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 1963, he […]

November 24th, 2014 | Posted in Heroes of the Pacific,Special Features | Read More »

LEAST WE FORGET - 42 Million Heroes

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November 8th, 2014 | Posted in Heroes of the Pacific | Read More »

Richard A. Pittman Master Sergeant USMC


BY DUANE ALLEN VACHON, PH.D.  Master Sergeant Richard Allan Pittman (born May 26, 1945) is a retired United States Marine who received the Medal of Honor for his heroic actions on July 24, 1966 during the Vietnam War. Richard Allan Pittman was born on May 26, 1945 in San Joaquin County, Stockton, California. He attended Hazelton Elementary School, Fremont Junior High School, and […]

November 1st, 2014 | Posted in Heroes of the Pacific | Read More »

Jimmy Wayne Phipps PFC USMC

Jimmy Wayne Phipps 26Oct2014

  LEST WE FORGET BY DUANE ALLEN VACHON, PH.D. Jimmy Wayne Phipps was born on November 1, 1950, in Santa Monica, California. He attended Marina Del Ray Junior High School in Culver City, California and Venice High School in California.  He left high school to enlist in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve on January 3, 1968 and was discharged on January 7, 1968 […]

October 26th, 2014 | Posted in Heroes of the Pacific | Read More »

William T. Perkins, Jr. Corporal United States Marine Corps - A NEW KIND OF HERO

Cpl. William T. Perkins, Combat Photographer, Medal of Honor, Vietnam

BY DUANE ALLEN VACHON PH.D.  For many years prior to my retirement I worked at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.  My job as the cemetery representative was to help the families organize the committal service for their loved one.   Meeting  with the family I would  help organize the service.  This involved coordinating with […]

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


S/SGT Frankie Zoly Molnar, US Army, Medal of Honor, Vietnam

BY DUANE ALLEN VACHON, PH.D.  I 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. […]

October 11th, 2014 | Posted in Heroes of the Pacific | Read More »

William Loren McGonagle Captain U.S.N. - A VERY QUIET ACHIEVER

William Loren McGonagle, Captain U.S.N.

  BY DUANE ALLEN VACHON, P.H.D.  McGonagle was born November 19, 1925 in Wichita, Kansas. After attending secondary school and college in California, he enlisted in the Navy in 1944 and for the next three years participated in a Navy training program at the University of Southern California. In June 1947 he accepted a commission into the […]

October 5th, 2014 | Posted in Heroes of the Pacific | Read More »

Gary Lee Littrell Command Sergeant Major U.S.Army - COMMITMENT, INTEGRITY, COURAGE

CSM Gary Lee Littrell, US Army

r BY DUANE ALLEN VACHON, PH.D.  After writing almost 300 articles honoring America’s bravest, Medal of Honor recipients, there are a few characteristics I find they all share.  One of them is integrity.  Websters might define it differently, I think integrity is doing the right thing, even when no one is watching, even when it’s […]

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

Bennie G. Adkins C/Sgt. Maj. U.S. Army - A DEADLY HERO

Adkins receiving the Medal of Honor from President Obama

BY DUANE ALLEN VACHON, PH.D.  Bennie G. Adkins was born Feb. 1, 1934 in Waurika, Oklahoma. He was drafted in 1956, and was assigned to a garrison unit in Germany, with a follow-on assignment to the 2nd Infantry Division, Fort Benning, Ga. After attending Airborne School, he volunteered for Special Forces in 1961, serving with […]

September 21st, 2014 | Posted in Heroes of the Pacific | Read More »

Ralph H. Johnson PFC Marine Corps - COMMITMENT & COURAGE

PFC Ralph H. Johnson Marine Corps, Medal of Honor, Vietnam

BY DUANE A. VACHON, PH.D.  Ralph Henry Johnson was born on January 11, 1949, in Charleston, South Carolina. He attended Courtnay Elementary School and Simonton Jr. High School in Charleston, South Carolina. Johnson enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve at Oakland, California on March 23, 1967, and was discharged to enlist in the regular Marine Corps on July 2, 1967. Upon completion […]

September 14th, 2014 | Posted in Heroes of the Pacific | Read More »

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