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Family soars with 6 Eagle Scouts

By on May 9, 2018 at 4:24 pm

Pictured, from left, are Bryan DuClos with his sons, Ethan and Wyatt DuClos; and Dion DuClos II with his father, Dion DuClos I. (submitted photo)

It was 1969 and the Vietnam War raged on with some 2.7 million Americans called overseas to fight a bloody battle against the Vietcong.

Bryan DuClos of Red Bud had been in the Prairie du Rocher Boy Scouts for about a year when his mom pulled him aside one day, letting him know a local boy had died in the war.

“It seemed like a lot of scouts, and especially Eagle Scouts, were surviving over there. And my mom told me, ‘Learn as much as you can because I can’t promise you that you won’t be called to serve,” Bryan recalled.

Bryan was never drafted into the military, but went on to obtain the Eagle Scout rank. 

“Being an Eagle Scout has helped me fight the many battles I’ve faced in my life,” he added.

Gage Baldwin

Today, his brother, Dion DuClos I of Burleson, Texas, and four other family members share that honor with him. 

“I’m very proud,” is all that Bryan’s mom, Veda DuClos, wished to say of the feat.

Veda, who grew up in Waterloo, is a longtime Republic-Times subscriber and came to the office recently to brag of her relatives’ accomplishments.

The rest of the Eagle Scouts include Dion’s son, Dion DuClos II; Bryan’s sons, Ethan and Wyatt DuClos; and Gage Baldwin of Red Bud, Veda’s great-grandson…>>> 

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Sean McGowan

Sean is a die-hard Cubs fan, despite the relentless peer pressure coming from the rest of the Republic-Times staff. He and his wife, Jacqui, have been married for two years. Originally from the west suburbs of Chicago, Sean and his wife moved down to Normal to attend Illinois State University and stayed central Illinois residents for the past four years.