Wednesday, December 8, 2021
BY DUANE VACHON - Hero” is one of those buzzwords often mentioned in mainstream media. But contrary to what that medium tells us, a hero is not a sports star who consistently gets the highest scores. A hero does not perform heroic actions in the hope of becoming recognized...
BY DUANE A. VACHON - John William Finn, the oldest living Medal Of Honor recipient, died on May 27th 2010 (July 23, 1909 – May 27, 2010). He received the United States military's highest decoration for his actions during the attack on Pearl Harbor in World War II. As...
BY DUANE A. VACHON - Mervyn Sharp Bennion was born in Vernon, Utah Territory on May 5, 1887. A member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, his Welsh grandfather, John Bennion, had immigrated to Utah with the Mormon pioneers and established successful cattle operations near Taylorsville,...
BY DUANE VACHON -- 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...
Spark M. Matsunaga was born in Kukuiula, Hawaii. He was one of six children of Kingoro and Chiyoro Fukushima Matsunaga, both of whom had emigrated from Japan. He and his five siblings grew up amid extreme poverty, yet their parents planted in them the belief that hard work would help them...
BY DUANE VACHON - 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. The term has been applied to both the...
It was on a cold morning the last day in January 1915 that Mrs. Sarnoski had the second of what was to be her 17 children. He was christened Joseph. Sarnoski’s father worked at the coal mine in Simpson, Pennsylvania. the town where Sarnoski was born. As was often the...
BY DUANE VACHON - As this article is being written from Washington D.C., I thought it would be appropriate to share the story of a hero from this part of our nation. In May 1861, a young boy from Newark, Ohio ran away from home to join the Army.  Not...
BY DUANE VACHON - Joseph William Ozbourn was born in Herrin, Illinois on 24 October 1919. He attended grammar school in Buckner, Illinois, and subsequently became a trip rider in the mines for the Old Ben Coal Corporation in West Frankfurt, Illinois. He enlisted in the United States...
BY DUANE VACHON - Two flags were folded in a time honored military tradition to be presented to Larry L. Maxam's brother, Robin, and sister, Linda, at a ceremony on Monday, April 19, 2010, dedicating the Larry L. Maxam Park in Glendale, California. That was a special town for Larry....