Medal of Honor Recipients
First Lieutenant Willibald C. Bianchi, (World War II), U.S. Army. Bagac, Province of Bataan, Philippine Islands, Feb. 3, 1942 (memorialized in Section MA, Site 39).
Private Erwin Jay Boydston, (Boxer Rebellion), U.S. Marine Corps. Peking, China, July 21 – Aug. 17, 1900 (Section G, Grave 703).
Private First Class William Robert Caddy, (World War II), U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, Company I, 3rd Battalion, 26th Marines, 5th Marine Division. Iwo Jima, March 3, 1945 (Section C, Grave 81).
First Lieutenant George Ham Cannon, (World War II) U.S. Marine Corps, Battery H, 6th Defense Battalion, Fleet Marine Force. Sand Island, Midway Islands, Dec. 7, 1941 (Section C, Grave 1644).
Corporal Anthony Peter Damato, (World War II), U.S. Marine Corps. Engebi Island, Eniwetok Atoll, Marshal Islands, Feb. 19, 1944 (Section A, Grave 334).
Sergeant William G. Fournier, (World War II), U.S. Army, Company M, 35th Infantry, 25th Infantry Division. Mount Austen, Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands, Jan. 13, 1943 (Section C, Grave 462).
Private Barney F. Hajiro, (World War II), U.S. Army, Company I, 442nd Infantry Regiment, 34th Infantry Division. Bruyeres and Biffontaine, Eastern France, 19 and 22 and 29 October 1944 (Section G, Grave 75).
Pharmacist’s Mate Second Class William David Halyburton, Jr., (World War II), U.S. Naval Reserve, Marine Rifle Company, 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division. Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands, May 10, 1945 (Section O, Grave 274).
Private Mikio Hasemoto, (World War II), U.S. Army, Company B, 100th Infantry Battalion, 34th Infantry Division. Cerasuolo, Italy, Nov. 29, 1943 (Section D, Grave 338).
First Lieutenant William Dean Hawkins, (World War II), U.S. Marine Corps, Scout Sniper Platoon, Assault Regiment. Tarawa, Gilbert Island, Nov. 21, 1943 (Section B, Grave 646).
Private Shizuya Hayashi, (World War II), U.S. Army, Company A, 100th Infantry Battalion, 34th Infantry Division. Cerasuolo, Italy, Nov. 29, 1943 (Section V, Grave 464).
Edwin Joseph Hill was born 1895 in Philadelphia, and he enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1912. Chief Boatswain Hill was serving on the USS Nevada at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on December 7, 1941. The Nevada was the only battleship to escape the harbor that day, and Hill led the effort to release the ship from her moorings. He dove off the ship to cast off the lines and swam back to assume his duties on board, but he was killed when a bomb struck the bow. Hill received the Medal of Honor posthumously for his actions during the attack (Section A, Grave 895).
Second Lieutenant Daniel K. Inouye, (World War II), U.S. Army, Company E, 442nd Infantry Regiment, San Terenzo, Italy, April 21, 1945 (Section D, Grave 391-A).
Technical Sergeant Yeiki Kobashigawa, (World War II), U.S. Army, Company B, 100th Infantry Battalion, 34th Infantry Division. Lanuvio, Italy, June 22, 1944 (Court 8, Wall E, Row 500, Niche 536).
Staff Sergeant Robert T. Kuroda, (World War II), U.S. Army, Company H, 442nd Infantry Regiment, 34th Infantry Division. Bruyeres, France, Oct. 20, 1944 (Section D, Grave 92).
Corporal Larry Leonard Maxam, (Vietnam War), U.S. Marine Corps, Fire Team Leader, Company D, 1st Battalion, 4th Marines, 3rd Marine Division. Cam Lo District, Republic of South Vietnam, Feb. 2, 1968 (Section J, Grave 388).
Private First Class Martin O. May, (World War II), U.S. Army. Iegusuku-Yama, Ie Shima, Ryukyu Islands, April 23, 1945 (Section N, Grave 1242).
Gunnery Sergeant Robert Howard McCard, (World War II), U.S. Marine Corps, Platoon Sergeant, Company A, 4th Tank Battalion, 4th Marine Division. Saipan, Marianas Islands, June 16, 1944 (Section B, Grave 1024).
Sergeant LeRoy A. Mendonca, (Korean War), U.S. Army, Company B., 7th Infantry, 3d Division. Chichi-on, July 4, 1951 (Section Q, Grave 1408).
Kaoru Moto was born April 25, 1917, in the sugar plantation town of Sprecklesville, Hawaii. A second-generation Japanese American, or Nisei, he was a field laborer after completing grade school. Private First Class Moto enlisted in the Army in March 1941 and served in the 100th Infantry, one of four segregated units. After World War II, Moto oversaw Maui Veterans Cemetery. In the 1990s, Congress authorized a re-examination of commendations received by minority servicemen and twenty-one Asian Americans who received the Distinguished Service Cross were belatedly awarded the Medal of Honor in 2000. Moto was among them, but he died August 26, 1992, and was recognized posthumously for his actions on July 7, 1944, near Castellina, Italy. He is buried in National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Court 2, Wall F, Row 400, Niche 422).
Sergeant Joseph E. Muller, (World War II), U.S. Army, Company B, 305th Infantry, 77th Infantry Division. May 16, 1945 (Section N, Grave 1259).
Private Masato Nakae, (World War II), U.S. Army, Company A, 100th Infantry Battalion, 34th Infantry Division. Pisa, Italy, Aug. 19, 1944 (Section U, Grave 1446).
Private Shinyei Nakamine, (World War II), U.S. Army, Company B, 100th Infantry Battalion, 34th Infantry Division. La Torreto, Italy, June 2, 1944 (Section D, Grave 402).
Sergeant Allan M. Ohata, (World War II), U.S. Army, Company B, 100th Infantry Battalion, 34th Infantry Division. Cerasuolo, Italy, Nov. 29 and 30, 1943 (Section III, Grave 474).
Private Joseph William Ozbourn, (World War II), U.S. Marine Corps, 1st Battalion 23rd Marines, 4th Marine Division. Tinian Island, Marianas Islands, July 30, 1944 (Section F, Grave 77).
Private First Class Herbert K. Pililaau, (Korean War), U.S. Army, Company C, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division. Pia-Ri, Sept. 17, 1951 (Section P, Grave 127).
Radio Electrician Thomas James Reeves, (World War II), U.S. Navy. On board U.S.S. California, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, Dec. 7, 1941 (Section A, Grave 884).
Second Lieutenant Joseph R. Sarnoski, (World War II), US Army Air Corps. Buka, Solomon Islands, June 16, 1943 (Section A, Grave 582).
Elmelindo Rodrigues Smith, native of Hawaii, enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1953. Smith served with the 1st Platoon, Company C, 2nd Battalion, 8th Infantry, 4th Infantry Division, during the Vietnam War. On February 16, 1967, PSG Smith and comrades were attacked but he directed a counter strike until dying of his wounds. Smith received the Medal of Honor on October 3, 1968 (Section W, Grave 131).
Sergeant Grant Frederick Timmerman, (World War II), U.S. Marine Corps Tank Commander, 2nd Battalion, 6th Marine, 2nd Marine Division. Saipan, Marianas Islands, July 8, 1944 (Section A, Grave 844).
Captain Francis B. Wai, (World War II), U.S. Army, 34th Infantry Regiment. Leyte, Philippines Islands, Oct. 20, 1944 (Section Q, Grave 1194).
First Lieutenant Benjamin F. Wilson, (Korean War), U.S. Army, Company I, 31st Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division. Hwach`on-Myon, Korea, June 5, 1951 (Section A, Grave 1060-A).
Sergeant First Class Rodney J. T. Yano, (Vietnam War), U.S. Army, Air Cavalry Troop, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment. Bien Hoa, Vietnam, Jan. 1, 1969 (Section W, Grave 614).
John A. Burns, U.S. Army, Section N, Grave 828-A, former Governor of the State of Hawaii, interred on April 9, 1975.
Paul Kinlahcheeny, native of New Mexico, was a member of the 5th Division, U.S. Marine Corps. PFC Kinlahcheeny was a Navajo Code Talker in the Pacific Theater during World War II. In 2001, the Navajo Code Talkers were presented with the Congressional Silver Medal. Kinlahcheeny's honor was posthumous. He was killed on Iwo Jima February 19, 1945 (Section E, Grave 311).
Spark Masayuki Matsunaga, Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army, Section V, Grave 334-B, former U.S. Senator, interred on April 19, 1990.
Patsy Takemato Mink was born in 1927 in Hawaii to Japanese immigrants. Despite the growing racial prejudice after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor and drew the United States into World War II, Mink persevered. She was the first female president of her high school and its valedictorian in 1944. In graduate school, she met and married fellow student John Mink, who served during World War II. Discrimination led her to politics as a champion of social justice, civil rights, education and welfare. Her efforts were integral to the passage of Title IX, the educational amendment stipulating for equal funding for men's and women's athletics and academics. In 1965 Hawaiians elected Mink as the first woman of color to serve in Congress. She served in the House of Representatives in two eras: 1965-1977 and 1990-2002. She died in 2002 and was reelected posthumously. Mink was buried in National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific with her husband (Section U, Grave 1001-B).
Born in 1901, Clara (Haili) Nelson taught elementary school before embarking on a show-business career as “Hilo Hattie.” The singer-actress was known for her hula routine, a comedic turn that entertained her students with before she ascended the stage. Hilo Hattie performed full-time beginning in 1940, on the radio broadcast Hawaii Calls and made the movie, Song of the Islands. During World War II she lived in San Francisco and performed regularly at the St. Francis Hotel. After the war, Los Angeles and Las Vegas venues lured her to the mainland where she married World War II veteran and violinist Carlyle Nelson. Hilo Hattie returned to Hawaii in 1960 and performed through the 1970s. Career highlights include the film Blue Hawaii starring Elvis Presley and the television show Hawaii Five-O. She died December 12, 1979 (Section U, Grave 653-A).
Born in Hawaii, Ellison Shoji Onizuka was a distinguished military graduate of the University of Colorado who received a U.S. Air Force commission. Lt. Col. Onizuka entered active duty in January 1970 as an aerospace engineer at the Sacramento Air Logistics Center. In 1975, Col. Onizuka became a squadron flight test officer and led the engineering support section at Edwards Air Force Base. This work led him to become, in 1978, a NASA Mission Specialist. Col. Onizuka was part of the support team for the first two shuttle missions and joined the Discovery crew in flight in 1985. He was one of seven crew members aboard space shuttle Challenger when it exploded on lift off January 28, 1986. Col. Onizuka posthumously received the Congressional Space Medal of Honor in 2004, bestowed on individuals who perish during flight. (Section D, Grave 1).
Ernest Taylor Pyle, Seaman Third Class, U.S. Navy, Section D, Grave 109, interred on July 19, 1949. Pyle, a World War II correspondent, was killed by a Japanese sniper on Ie Shima, an island off the northern coast of Okinawa on April 18, 1945. He was awarded the Purple Heart by former President Ronald Reagan.
Charles Lacy Veach was born in Chicago but considered Hawaii home. He studied engineering management and received a commission from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1966. Col. Veach served as a fighter pilot in the United States, Europe, and Asia, including combat missions in the Republic of Vietnam. He left active duty in 1981 but continued to fly F-16s for the Texas Air National Guard. In 1982, NASA invited Veach to Houston’s Johnson Space Center to work as an engineer and research pilot. He served as a mission specialist on two space shuttle missions, 1991-92. He died October 3, 1995 (Section CT3-J, Row 200, Grave 233).