Saturday, November 27, 2021
Sam Walton may well be the most well known achiever in Arkansas but there are 25 others we need to remember, they are the 25 Medal of Honor recipients who called Arkansas home. Lloyd L. Burke “Scooter” would be one of the deadliest of them. He managed to overrun...
BY DUANE A. VACHON, PH.D.    What makes a hero?  I have written about hundreds of heroes over the years and am sure there is not a shake and mix formula to create one. Ironically one of the things many of them have in common is they don’t appear to...
He was born in Jefferson County, Indiana, in January 1883. Accounts say his father, John H. Woodfill, was a veteran of the Mexican War and had served with the 5th Indiana Volunteers during the Civil War. Woodfill reportedly became a good shot by age 10 and often sneaked off...
by Kirk Hovious Everything about them was forgettable. Their mission was cloaked in secrecy. Their uniforms were stripped of rank and identification. The men they were sent to rescue had suffered and languished in subhuman conditions for over 3 years...seemingly forgotten by their own country. Nearly sixty years later, the...
BY DUANE A. VACHON, PH.D. , 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...
BY DUANE A. VACHON, PH.D.   John Harlan Willis was born on 10 June 1921 in Columbia, Tennessee. Following graduation from high school, in November 1940 he enlisted  as an Apprentice Seaman in the U.S. Navy. After completing his recruit training at Naval Training Station, Norfolk, Virginia and his advanced...
Victory over Japan Day (also known as Victory in the Pacific Day, V-J Day, or V-P Day) is a name chosen for the day on which the Surrender of Japan occurred, effectively ending World War II, and subsequent anniversaries of that event. The term has been applied to both...
BY DUANE A. VACHON, PH.D.  Since writing this article in March 2012 much has happened in regards to Father Kapaun.  After a 60-year wait, on April 11, 2013, President Obama will present the Medal of Honor posthumously to Father Kapaun’s nephew Ray Kapaun. Father Kapaun will become only the...