Saturday, January 22, 2022
BY DUANE A. VACHON - This is a short article about some tall men on a small island that we should never forget. The American presence on the island that fateful morning consisted of 449 United States Marine Corp personnel.  The U.S. Navy had 68 personnel on the island and...
BY DUANE A. VACHON, PH.D. - When the U.S. troops retreated in 1950, the dead Marines and Soldiers who were unable to be recovered were buried near Hungnam, North Korea.  Between July and November of 1954 an exchange of dead from each side - called Operation Glory -  facilitated...
BY DUANE A. VACHON, PH.D. - Jackson Charles Pharris was born in 1912 and grew up in Columbus, GA, as the oldest of five children. He joined the United States Navy on April 25, 1933. In September 1933, he reported aboard the USS California (BB-44) as a gunner. He was assigned to the USS Mississippi until...
BY DUANE A. VACHON, PH.D. - Usually one associates the Medal of Honor recipients as men who mainly served with combat arms units – infantrymen, tankers, forward observers, and the like.   There are a few exceptions one of the most notable was Private George Watson.  He stands out for...
  BY DUANE A. VACHON, PH.D. - Captain Jose Cabalfin Calugas, Sr. was the first Filipino Soldier to have received the Medal of Honor during WW II. Jose was born on December 29, 1907 in Barangay Tagsing, Leon, Iloilo Philippines. He had three siblings of which he was the oldest.  His...
BY DUANE A. VACHON PH.D. - March 16th 1968 a day that most of us have forgotten. It is one of the most shameful days in the long and bloody Vietnam War.  A day that brought disgrace on America. It was on that fateful day that somewhere between 200 and...
BY DUANE A VACHON, PH.D. - Kame and Hyotaro would not have dared to dream from their home in the Japanese-American community of Mo’ili’ili, a suburb of Honolulu, that the son born to them on September 7th, 1924 would one day be third in line for the Presidency of...
BY DUANE A VACHON, PH.D. - Ida and Luther Skaggs had no way of knowing that the son born to them in the early morning hours of March 3rd 1923 would become the first enlisted man to head the Congressional Medal of Honor Society, an honor he shared with...
BY DUANE A. VACHON, PH.D. - Born on December 8, 1910 in Beverly, Kansas, Donald Kirby Ross enlisted in the U.S. Navy in Denver, Colorado on June 3, 1929. Ross graduated as the company honor man from his basic training in San Diego, California. After completing Machinist Mate...
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...