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Temporary Burials at Kaneohe Naval Air Station

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Marines and sailors from Kaneohe Naval Air Station stand solemnly over temporary graves in the dunes of North Beach. Eighteen military personnel were killed in the attack the previous day. The Marine honor guard fired rifle volleys in salute. The trucks used to transport the casualties to the temporary cemetery can be seen in the background. Note gun emplacement on the hill overlooking the graves. Some of the casualties were completely obliterated by Japanese bombs; they were declared dead a year after the attack. Patrol Squadron 11 (VP-11) lost Aviation OrdinancemanThird Class John D. Buckley (born July 28, 1920); Aviation Machinist‘s Mate First Class Clarence M. Formoe (born January 25, 1909); Ensign Rodney S. Foss (born May 8, 1919); Aviation Machinist‘s MateThird Class Milburn A. Manning (born February 16, 1920); Seaman Second Class James. H. Robinson (born April 17, 1923); Ensign Joseph G. Smartt (born 1920); and Seaman First Class Luther D. Weaver (born July 14, 1920). Patrol Squadron 12 (VP-12) lost Aviation Machinist‘s Mate Second Class Walter S. Brown (born March 14, 1916); Ensign Lee Fox Jr. (born January 11, 1920); Aviation Machinist‘s Mate Daniel T. Griffin (born March 25, 1911); Seaman Second Class George W. Ingram (born February 22, 1918); Aviation Machinist‘s Mate Second Class Charles Lawrence (born December 29, 1916); Seaman Second Class Carl W. Otterstetter (born January 11, 1920); Aviation Machinist‘s MateThird Class Robert K. Porterfield (born December 7, 1919); Ensign Robert W. Uhlmann (born August 16, 1919); and Aviation Machinist‘s Mate First Class Raphael A. Watson (born 1911). Patrol Squadron 14 (VP-14) lost Aviation Machinist‘s MateThird Class Laxton G. Newman (born November 25, 1916) and Kaneohe Naval Air Station Headquarters lost Seaman First Class Stanley D. Dosick. Ensign Foss, who as due to be relived by Ensign Smartt as Duty Officer, was killed in the first wave. Smartt arrived to find him dead. Watson‘s family hid on the base quarters with their mattresses in the windows and didn‘t learn of his death until after the attack. Two civilian contractors, Kimiko A. Hookano (born February 6, 1906) and Issac W. Lee (born circa 1920) were also killed, but buried separately. USS Buckley (DE-51), USS Formoe (DE-509), USS Lee Fox (DE-65, later APD-45), USS Foss (DE-59), USS Daniel T. Griffin (DE-54), USS George W. Ingram (DE-62, later APD-43), USS Charles Lawrence (DE-53), USS Manning (DE-199), USS Newman (DE-205, later APD-59), USS Otterstetter (DE-244), USS Uhlmann (DD-687), and USS Weaver (DE-741) were ships named for Kaneohe‘s dead. Smartt Field in Saint Louis, Missouri, was named for Ensign Smartt, who trained there. His stepfather was notified in 1958 of the official name change. These casualties were disinterred in 1949 and moved to the permanent National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in the Punchbowl above Honolulu.
Image Filename wwii1411.jpg
Image Size 2.59 MB
Image Dimensions 3000 x 2265
Photographer Unknown
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Caption Author Jason McDonald
Date Photographed December 08, 1941
Location North Beach, Kaneohe Naval Air Station
City Oahu
State or Province Hawaii
Country United States of America
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Status Caption ©2010, ©2024 MFA Productions LLC
Image in the Public Domain

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