A ceremony Wednesday at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on the State Capitol grounds marked the end of a more than 40-year-long effort to honor a Hawaii Navy airman killed in the Vietnam war.
Gov. Neil Abercrombie was on hand for the ceremony.
Albert Kalahana Kuewa was 23 years old when he was killed in action on Sept. 18, 1964 while launching operations on the USS Ranger.
It took years of relentless determination and the help of some high up government officials to have his name finally accepted as a casualty of war and engraved on the Vietnam War Memorial.
The Kuewa Family at the Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery
Only now has he been honored in Vietnam memorials in Hawaii and Washington, D.C. Read the full story.
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