U.S. Coast Guard Commandant to Dedicate Punchbowl Memorial

HONOLULU — The Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard will dedicate a memorial to Coast Guard veterans at the National Cemetery of the Pacific Friday, Jan. 18.

Hawaii Gov. Linda Lingle, Sen. Daniel Akaka and Honolulu mayor Mufi Hannemann will join Adm. Allen and other distinguished guests, and active duty and reserve members of the U.S. Coast Guard, at the 10:30 a.m. ceremony. Parking is limited and guests are asked to allow time to enter Punchbowl Friday morning.

The Punchbowl cemetery has long featured memorials for veterans of the other military branches, but Friday’s dedication will formally unveil a memorial for Coast Guard veterans who fought on the battlefields of World War II. A stone from Guadalcanal will be the centerpiece of the memorial.

The Coast Guard’s first participation in World War II was at Guadalcanal, where the service landed Marines in August 1942, the beginning of a six-month campaign. Signalman 1st Class Douglas Munro, the Coast Guard’s only Medal of Honor recipient, died there rescuing a group of Marines.

Retired Coast Guard Cmdr. Douglas Sheehan, Munro’s nephew, is scheduled to attend.

Please visit the Coast Guard Pacific Veteran Memorial website for background information on the Coast Guard Pacific Veterans Memorial at the National Cemetery of the Pacific.

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