Saturday, December 4, 2021
BY DUANE A. VACHON, PH.D. Jon Robert Cavaiani was born in Royston, England in 1943 and immigrated to the United States at age four with his parents in 1947, becoming a naturalized American citizen in 1968.  Despite his 4F status he enlisted in the U.S. Army on May 7,...
"Over the years, the United States has sent many of its fine young men and women into great peril to fight for freedom beyond our borders. The only amount of land we have ever asked for in return is enough to bury those that did not return." -- Colin...
BY DUANE A. VACHON, PH.D.  The 1st Marine Regiment's motto is "No Better Friend, No Worse Enemy". Abrell's fellow Marines observed the former, and there is clearly no doubt that the communist enemies who had the misfortune of coming up against Abrell in battle felt the latter. Corporal Charles...
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)...
BY DUANE A. VACHON, PH.D. - Born December 17, 1919 in Cheyenne Wyoming,  Vernon Joseph Baker was orphaned at age four when his parents were killed in an automobile accident.  Baker and his two older sisters were raised by his grandparents in Cheyenne, a town that had only 12...
BY DUANE A. VACHON, PH.D.  Recently while helping to host over 50 Medal of Honor recipients here In Honolulu, I was privileged to join them on board the USS Missouri for drinks and pupu’s.  Whilst having a drink with a Medal of Honor recipient whom I have known for...
BY DUANE ALLEN VACHON, PH.D.  Thomas W. Bennett was born in Morgantown, West Virginia on April 7, 1947.  He is the second of three conscientious objectors who received the Medal of Honor. (Desmond Doss, a medic in World War II, was the first. Joseph Guy LaPointe Jr was the...
MARINE CORPS AIR STATION KANEOHE BAY, Hawaii – Flight crews from the 25th Combat Aviation Brigade conducted training with divers from the U.S. Navy Sea, Air, Land Delivery Vehicle Team One, Naval Special Warfare Group 3 here June 18. Navy divers practiced being extracted and inserted using a CH-47F Chinook...
BY DUANE ALLEN VACHON, PH.D. Charles Gene Abrell was born on August 12, 1931 in Terre Haute, Indiana. He grew up in Las Vegas, Nevada and enlisted in the United States Marine Corps just five days after his 17th birthday in 1948. Following recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, South Carolina,...
BY DUANE A. VACHON, PH.D.  - For me this is a real home town hero.  Daniel Bruce was born in Michigan City, Indiana, my home town.  Although I am three years older than Bruce it was a small town, and I have no doubt our paths would have passed. Bruce was...