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Heroes of the Pacific

BY DUANE A. VACHON, PH.D.   On July 27, 2013 America lost a great patriot and hero.   Surrounded by family, Colonel George Day died at his home in Shalimar Florida. Day was born in Sioux City, Iowa, on February 24, 1925. In 1942, he quit  High School and enlisted in the...
At the risk of being accused of being pedantic I want to point out that the correct title of the award is the Medal of Honor. It is the highest award for bravery that the United States bestows on its citizens and deserves to be referred to by the...
Most Japanese–Americans who fought in World War II were Nisei, Japanese–Americans born in the U.S. Shortly after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, Japanese–American men were initially categorized as 4C (enemy alien) and therefore not subject to the draft. On February 19, 1942, President Franklin...
BY DUANE A. VACHON, PH.D.  Little did Wilson’s parents know on June 2, 1921 that their son would grow up to become a one-man army.  Benjamin F.  Wilson was born and spent his youth in the small sleepy coastal town of Vashon, Washington. When Wilson was 18 and anxious to...
BY DUANE VACHON - Not all of the heroes at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific have a chest full of bravery medals.  Indeed there are far more who were quiet achievers, quiet heroes. I am fortunate as my job brings me into contact every day with the families...
BY DUANE A. VACHON, PH.D.   This week I am going to deviate a little from the normal style of these articles.   Usually they tell the story of a hero who is no longer with us. Lieutenant General H.C. (Hank) Stackpole III is very much alive and if history teaches...
BY DUANE A. VACHON, PH.D. - Harold B. Estes and many of his peers are part of a generation that is known as “The Greatest Generation."  Estes, a World War II veteran credited with helping bring the USS Missouri and Bowfin museums to Hawaii, and who gained Internet fame...
BY DUANE A. VACHON, PH.D.  Corporal Tony Stein was born on September 30, 1921 and raised in Dayton Ohio.  In those days Dayton was known as the “Gem City”.  He attended Kiser High School there. He enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps on September 22, 1942. After boot camp and...
  BY DUANE A. VACHON, PH.D. - Captain Jose Cabalfin Calugas, Sr. was the first Filipino Soldier to have received the Medal of Honor during WW II. Jose was born on December 29, 1907 in Barangay Tagsing, Leon, Iloilo Philippines. He had three siblings of which he was the oldest.  His...
BY DUANE ALLEN VACHON, PH.D. Having done several hundred articles in the Hawaii Reporter honoring some of Americas hero’s, I believe this is the first one I have done for a member of the U. S. Army Air Corps. Lieutenant Colonel Addison Earl Baker (January 1, 1907 – August 1, 1943)...