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ARMED WITH NOTHING BUT COURAGE-Sergeant Ross Franklin Gray, US Marine Corps, WWII, Medal of Honor (1920-1945)

For many years I have been writing about men and women who by any standard were courageous. Sergeant Gray is one of the most courageous I have written about. He exposed himself to intense enemy fire during the landing at Iwo Jima. Despite the heavy barrage coming from the Japanese bunkers he went out unarmed […]

November 15th, 2015 | Posted in Heroes of the Pacific | Read More »

Thank You

BY DUANE ALLEN VACHON, PH.D. Since America became a nation, 22,317,761 of its men and women have served at various times to protect our country. Since the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. Almost half, 977,542, of those who have served in Iraq or Afghanistan have been deployed more than once. […]

November 8th, 2015 | Posted in Heroes of the Pacific | Read More »

From Hero to Saint- SAINT DISMAS, THE GOOD THIEF - Fr Emil Kapaun, U.S. Army & Korean War(1916-51) (1916-1951), WWII

Father Emil Kapaun, Chaplain in U.S. Army, WWII and Korean War, Distinguished Service Cross and other Military Decorations. This is not the first time I have written about Father Kapaun and I doubt it will be the last. I Uwritten about hundreds of heroes and have identified a few that are my personal heroes. Father […]

November 1st, 2015 | Posted in Heroes of the Pacific | Read More »

The First Filipino WW II Medal of Honor, Cpt. Jose Cabalfin Calugas, U.S. Army (1907-1998)

BY DUANE ALLEN VACHON, PH.D. - Captain Jose Cabalfin Calugas, Sr. was the first Filipino Soldier to have received the Medal of Honor during WW II. Calugas was born on December 29, 1907 in Barangay Tagsing, Leon, Iloilo Philippines. He had three siblings of which he was the oldest. His mother died when he was […]

October 24th, 2015 | Posted in Heroes of the Pacific | Read More »

WAKE 98 - Brave men who built and died for America

BY DUANE ALLEN VACHON, PH.D. As a news hound I can set alerts with most of the leading news services to notify me if a subject I am interested in is covered on a specific day. Sadly on October 7, 2015 there was not a mention of the Wake Island massacre. The big news for […]

October 17th, 2015 | Posted in Heroes of the Pacific | Read More »

Patrick Henry Brady,--Major General U.S. Army -- "FLY, WITHOUT HESITATION, ANYTIME, ANYWHERE"

BY DUANE A. VACHON, PH.D. Major General Patrick Henry Brady, USA (born October 1, 1936) is a retired American Army officer. While serving as a helicopter pilot in the Vietnam War, he received the United States military's highest decoration, the Medal of Honor. It is easy for me to relate to this story. After I […]

October 12th, 2015 | Posted in Heroes of the Pacific | Read More »

Elmelindo Rodrigues Smith, Platoon Sergeant U.S. Army - WAHIAWA HERO

BY DUANE ALLEN VACHON PHD -- There was nothing to suggest in the early morning hours of July 27, 1935 that the new baby being born from the backwater town of Wahiawa on the island of Oahu was different from any other baby born that day. The baby boy of Hispanic-Asian descent was christened Elmelindo […]

October 4th, 2015 | Posted in Heroes of the Pacific | Read More »

GREATER LOVE HATH NO MAN - Sgt. Joseph E. Muller, U.S. Army, WW II, Medal of Honor (1908-1945)

Sgt. Joseph E. Muller, U.S.Army, WWII, Medal of Honor BY DUANE A. VACHON, PH.D. Joseph E. Muller was born on June 23, 1908, at Holyoke, Massachusetts. While doing the research for this article, I discovered an interesting fact: Holyoke, with a population of less than 40,000 has produced three Medal of Honor recipients. In the […]

September 27th, 2015 | Posted in Heroes of the Pacific | Read More »

The Most Decorated Unit in American History -- (442nd REGIMENT)

BY DUANE ALLEN VACHON, PH.D. The 442nd Regiment received more than 18,000 awards, including 9,500 Purple Hearts, 5,200 Bronze Star Medals, 588 Silver Stars, 52 Distinguished Service Crosses, 7 Distinguished Unit Citations, and twenty-one Congressional Medal of Honors. The 442nd Regiment was the most decorated unit for its size and length of service in the […]

September 6th, 2015 | Posted in Heroes of the Pacific | Read More »


"Over the years, the United States has sent many of its fine young men and women into great peril to fight for freedom beyond our borders. The only amount of land we have ever asked for in return is enough to bury those that did not return." -- Colin Powell BY DUANE ALLEN VACHON, PH.D. […]

August 30th, 2015 | Posted in Heroes of the Pacific | Read More »

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