Wednesday, December 8, 2021
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 VACHON - This story is not only about a hero, it's a reminder of the horrible truths of war.  It's a story that has only recently become public knowledge after 60 years of being covered up by the American and Japanese governments. JAMES WESLEY DYE JR, was...
BY DUANE VACHON - On June 3, 2010 approximately 50 National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (NMCP), Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC) military and civilian employees, and invited guests gathered in Section U, near grave 901 to witness what is hoped will be the last leg of the journey...
BY DUANE VACHON - Usually when one thinks of the Wai'anae Coast, heroes do not come to mind.  Unless you are a resident of this beautiful coast  it is unlikely you would know that it has three native sons who have earned America's highest award for gallantry. The Wai'anae Coast...
BY DUANE VACHON - Leroy A. Mendonca was a Portuguese American soldier in the United States Army during the Korean War. He was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor. It was on July 4th 1951 when Sergeant LeRoy A. Mendonca, U.S. Army, Company B, 7th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry...
BY DUANE VACHON - Colonel Young-Oak Kim was a highly decorated U.S. Army combat veteran of World War II and the Korean War. He was a member of the U.S. 100th Infantry Battalion and 442nd Regimental Combat Team, a combat leader victorious in many critical battles in Italy and...
BY DUANE VACHON - On the morning of December 7th, 1941, Gerald George Lehman was less than a month into his 18th birthday.  Lehman was a Fireman Third Class assigned to the battleship USS Oklahoma.  It would be 69 years before Lehman would return home to Hancock Michigan. Lehman, who...
I grew up on Caddy Road in the Lower Mills section of Dorchester (a neighborhood of Boston.) Caddy Road is a small side street off of a side street off of yet another side street. One year, as a child, I noticed that our street signs were decorated with small...
Kind, sweet, considerate, always putting others first.  These are hardly the words one expects to hear describing a Special Forces soldier, particularly one who was a member of the 1st Special Forces Group, Vietnam. These were the words that Billie Gabriel, one of Gabriel's eight siblings, used to describe her...
Philip Emerson Wood, Junior, was born in September, 1920. His father, Phil Senior, was a professional actor making a name for himself on Broadway; he married Anna Margretta Rapp shortly after his return from serving in France in the first World War. He had driven trucks in French supply...