Saturday, November 27, 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 - Edwin Joseph Hill posthumously received the Navy Medal of Honor for heroism during the attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on December 7, 1941. Hill's birth records indicate that he was born October 4, 1894, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. However, it is suspected that he was actually...
BY DUANE A. VACHON - Few remember Lt. Howard W. “Smiley” Johnson’s exploits on the football field. But his name holds a special place of honor at two of the nation’s most storied football programs. Johnson is one of three former NFLers killed in the battle for Iwo Jima in...
BY DUANE A. VACHON - If you have ever been in Tennessee and crossed the Tennessee River on the Lt. Alexander “Sandy” Bonnyman Memorial Bridge, you might have wondered about Lt. Alexander Bonnyman. Lt. Bonnyman, known as “Sandy” to his friends, was born on May 2nd 1910.  He was a...
Francis Brown Wai was the first-born son of a Native Hawaiian mother and a Chinese father.  Growing up, he often surfed with Duke Kahanamoku, regarded as the father of surfing, and Buster Crabbe, who later became an actor.  He attended Punahou School in Honolulu where he earned athletic letters...
BY JOSEPH BONFIGLIO - FORT SHAFTER, HAWAII -Seven December 1941 was the opening scene of World War II, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers was there. At 7:55 a.m., two waves of Japanese warplanes from a naval task force about 250 miles north of Hawaii appeared over Oahu....
BY DUANE A VACHON. On January 28, 1986, millions of television screens around the world flashed the same horrific sequence. As the explosion of the Space Shuttle Challenger was repeated over and over, a profound silence followed in classrooms, living rooms and places of worship. America had lost a piece...
BY DUANE A. VACHON - I have written over 46 articles for Hawaii Reporter about heroes this year. When you write that many stories about heroes, you pick up some insight into what makes a hero. There is not a single person that I have written about that I...
BY DUANE A. VACHON - Barney Hajiro the oldest living Medal of Honor recipient, died in Waipahu Hawaii on January 21st 2011. Born in 1916 the second of nine children Barney Hajiro was not able to attend High School on the Hawaiian Island of Maui where his parents emigrated to from...