Honolulu, Hawaii, National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl)
national cemeteries can compete with the dramatic natural setting of the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. The “Punchbowl”
was formed some 75,000 to 100,000 years ago during the Honolulu period of secondary volcanic activity. A crater resulted from
the ejection of hot lava through cracks in the old coral reefs which, at the time, extended to the foot of the Koolau Mountain
Jack's name was added to wall F of this monument during the time he was listed as Missing in Action. Below is a
picture of his name on the wall.
Courtyard of Heroes
Hickam Air Force Base
A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE COURTYARD OF HEROES
In 1991, as
the 50th anniversary of the Japanese 7 December 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor approached, Gen. Jimmie Adams approved a project
to put historical photos and story boards in the foyer of PACAF Headquarters. That move could be considered the beginning
of the Courtyard of Heroes. Another 50th anniversary -- that of the activation of PACAF's predecessor, the Far East Air Forces,
in 1944 - was the impetus for the construction of the PACAF "In Defense of the Nation" memorial in the foyer in 1994. Listed
on the memorial are the campaigns and some of the humanitarian efforts that PACAF subordinate units supported. The Wall of
Valor in honor of PACAF Medal of Honor recipients was also added in 1994.
The largest part of the Courtyard of Heroes
project was the landscaping of the courtyard itself and the erection of the large memorial with its "eternal flame." This
was undertaken during command of Gen. John Lorber in 1995. General Lorber provided a vision for the entire project, which
extensively involved base and headquarters civil engineers and historians. The project was managed by the Saber Element of
15 Civil Engineering Squadron. The project was accepted and finalized on 23 Aug 95, and the garden was dedicated on the 50th
anniversary of V-J day.
The large granite monument with the "eternal flame" in the center were designed to memorialize
those men and women who lost their lives in the three wars in the Pacific - World War II, Korea and Vietnam. Two smaller monuments
in the courtyard are memorials to those who lost their lives in this building and on Hickam Field during the 1941 attack.
At the end of the lobby in the Pacific Air Force Headquarters is the Courtyard
of Heroes, dedicated to the men and women of the Pacific Air Forces who paid the ultimate price during the three major conflicts
in the Pacific Theater; World War II, Korea, and Southeast Asia
Washington Vietnam Veteran's Memorial....
Panel 11E, Row 60
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