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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 »

Richard A. Penry Sergeant USA - NO ONE LEFT BEHIND

Sgt. Richard A. Penry, USArmy, Medal of Honor, Vietnam

    BY DUANE A. VACHON, PH.D.  Born in Petaluma, California, Richard Allen Penry joined the Army from Oakland, California, and by January 31, 1970 was serving as a Sergeant in Company C, 4th Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 199th Infantry Brigade.   On  that day, in Binh Tuy Province of the Republic of Vietnam, his […]

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


Pvt. Peter H. Quinn. US Army, Grave at Arlington

BY DUANE A. VACHON, PH.D.  The 4th Cavalry Regiment is one of the most famous and most decorated regiments in the United States Army. Since its activation in 1855, twenty-nine of the regiment's soldiers have been awarded the Medal of Honor during the Civil War, Indian Wars, the Philippine Insurrection, and Vietnam. This article is […]

June 7th, 2014 | Posted in Heroes of the Pacific,News | Read More »

Paul H. Foster Sergeant USMC Medal of Honor - GREATER LOVE HATH NO MAN

Sgt. Paul H. Foster MOH USMC

BY DUANE A. VACHON, PH.D.  Paul Hellstrom Foster, a native of California, posthumously received the Medal of Honor for heroism in Vietnam in October 1967. Foster was born on April 17, 1939, in San Mateo, California. He attended elementary and high schools there, and was a member of the varsity football and track teams. After […]

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

136 Medals of Honor are Accredited to California

California Republic State Emblem

BY DUANE A. VACHON, PH.D.  One Medal of Honor  that stands out to me, was awarded to Sadao Munemori of Los Angeles who died in his heroic action becoming the only Japanese-American to receive the Medal during World War II.  His Nisei Unit, the 442d Regiment, was one of the most decorated of the war […]

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

Melvin Morris SFC USA Medal of Honor - A QUIET ACHIEVER

SFC Melvin Morris USArmy Medal of Honor

BY DUANE A. VACHON PH.D. - If  you  were born and raised in Oklahoma in the 1950’s and were black, careers and jobs were sort of thin on the ground.  Maybe if you could find something in the fields or, if you got lucky, some kind of trade.  There was one other choice, join the […]

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

John D. Bulkeley Vice Admiral USN - A GITMO HERO

John Duncan Bulkeley, Medal of Honor, Vice Admiral US Navy

BY DUANE A. VACHON, PH.D.  John Duncan Bulkeley was born on  August 19, 1911 at New York City.   He grew up on a farm in Hackettstown, New Jersey and graduated from Hackettstown High School.  Bulkeley was  not able to gain an appointment to Annapolis from his home state of New Jersey.  Ultimately  he was able […]

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

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