Major John Hughes, USMC (Ret.) was honored as well as the Marines, soldiers and naval air crews killed and wounded on and around Ewa Field on December 7, 1941.
US Marines and other military cadet organizations provided commemoration honors.
Commemoration of Historic Ewa Battlefield
“We were surprised
when we heard about this because the Marines, we're deep, deep in the history
of our Corps, and we'd never heard of this air station,"said Richard
Pittman, 67, visitor to Ewa Field and US Marine Medal of Honor recipient
visiting Ewa Field.
history, and you are not going to find a site like this that is isolated like
standing on history right now."-
Jay Vargas, another Medal of Honor recipient at Ewa.
to Ewa Field historical research, at least 11 Medals of Honor were awarded to
Marine pilots who trained at the combat airfield, home to many famous squadrons
and combat air aces. Even aviation legend Charles Lindbergh flew F4U Corsairs
Heroes at Hawaii's Ewa
Field defended against Japan attack
Daniel Martinez, chief historian of the
WWII Valor in the Pacific National Monument at Pearl Harbor, told the crowd that
'Ewa Field was the birth of Marine aviation in the
Pacific "and that is why this place is important."…Ewa Field is "Sacred Ground."