Stan Cromlish - Author and Historian

National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific – December 3, 2016

As I awoke this morning to the view from my balcony at the Hilton Hawaiian Village on Waikiki, I knew that today was going to be special because I had arrived safely and my first stop after picking up my rental car would be to pick up pink carnations to place on several graves at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at the Punchbowl.

Ernie Pyle - WWII Correspondent

Ernie Pyle – WWII Correspondent

Eva Ann Via and the Daughters of the American Revolution wanted me to place flowers at that grave of noted World War II correspondent, Ernie Pyle. During the battle of Okinawa, Ernie Pyle had been felled by a sniper’s bullet and he was laid to rest in Section D, Grave 109 of the Punchbowl National Cemetery.

I was not prepared for what I found at this national monument not only because of the beauty but also because of the stark and solemn way our heroes were remembered whether named or unknown.

World War II Navy Missing Memorial at Punchbowl National Cemetery

World War II Navy Missing Memorial at Punchbowl National Cemetery

This memorial site brought me to tears with its enormity and sheer number of names on the Memorial Walls of the missing soldiers of the Army, Navy, and Marines from World War II.

About the Author

Stan Cromlish was born and raised in Belmont, North Carolina. He has always had a fascination with history and historical facts; especially The Great Depression and World War II. Recently he was given the correspondence of his grandfather and grandmother, and those artifacts along with a collection of pictures have given him an urge to put to paper the story of the Cromlish and Suggs families.

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