Saturday, December 4, 2021
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...
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...
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...
BY DUANE A. VACHON, PH.D.  Sergeant Major Allan Jay Kellogg was born on October 1st 1943.  He was raised and attended school in Bethel Connecticut.  After two years of High School he became bored and restless.  Asking his father’s permission to leave school, he was told he could but...
BY DUANE A. VACHON, PH.D.  James Anderson, Jr.  was born in Los Angeles, California on January 22, 1947.  He graduated  from  high school and spent a year and a half at the Los Angeles Harbor Junior College. Anderson left college early in 1966 and joined the Marine Corps in February...
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. - It was a typical beautiful balmy Hawaiian morning when U.S. Unknown #14756 was laid to rest in the hallowed ground of the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific on May 24th 1956.  On March 31st 2011, almost 55 years to the day...
BY DUANE A. VACHON, PH.D.  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...
  BY DUANE A. VACHON, PH.D.   Wilson was born in Brandon, Mississippi. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1941 from Millsaps College, Jackson, Mississippi, where he participated in football and track. Wilson was also an active member of the Alpha Iota Chapter of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity, initiated on February 23, 1939. The commandant was...
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...