National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl)
2177 Puowaina Drive
Honolulu, HI 96813-1729
Tel: +1 808-532-3720
The National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific is also known as "Punchbowl", "Honolulu Cemetery" or "Honolulu Memorial Cemetery
of the Pacific". From this location, there are panoramic views
of Honolulu and southern Oahu (O'ahu) including Diamond Head.
This cemetery has 33,230 graves, second only in size to the Manila
American Cemetery. Overlooked by the statue
of Columbia, a 30' female figure. Forty-eight banyan trees represent each of U. S. states
(during WWII) that were donated by China. Civilian war correspondent Ernest Taylor "Ernie" Pyle, killed by sniper fire on April 18, 1945 reporting from Ie Shima is buried at Plot D, Row 0 Grave 109.
Court of the Missing
Also known as the "tablets of the missing". The court of the missing records
18,094 names of Missing In Action (MIA) from World War II. Also memorialized are 8,200 American missing from the Korean War and 2,504 Americans missing from the Vietnam War. The list of names for the court of the missing was finalized around 1966. The names of Congressional Medal of Honor recipients have a gold inlay. Rosettes are added to the names of those who were recovered and are no longer missing. Those missing in the Southwest Pacific theater are memorialized on the tablets of the missing at Manila American Cemetery.
The cemetery includes "unknown" graves that contain the remains of American servicemen that were recovered, but were not able to be identified during the war.
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January 9, 2018