At the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl) are buried approximately 13,000 American soldiers and marines who fell during the Second World War in the Pacific Theatre. Most of them are recovered from battlefields such as Guadalcanal, China, Burma, Saipan, Guam and Iwo Jima. Others died in Japanese POW camps. The memorial for the missing contains 18.094 names of American servicemen from the Second World War. The cemetery also contains the grave of a Canadian officer, who perished on 26 July 1944.
In 2008, there were in total 49,203 graves on this cemetery, also from the wars in Vietnam and Korea.
National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific contains the graves of the following people, who fought for the United States of America and who gave their lives in the War in Afghanistan and/or Operation Enduring Freedom:
21 February 2010 , Private 1st Class Jr Salvacion, aged 27
19 April 2012 , Chief Warrant Officer Don C. Viray, aged 25
16 August 2012 , Explosive Ordnance Disposal Petty Officer Technici Sean P. Carson, aged 32
28 April 2013 , Captain Reid K. Nishizuka, aged 30
20 January 2014 , Chief Warrant Officer Edward Balli, aged 42
National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific contains the graves of the following people, who fought for the United States of America and who gave their lives in the War in Iraq and/or Operation Iraqi Freedom:
1 October 2003 , Command Sergeant James David Blankenbecler, aged 40
6 October 2004 , Private Jeungjin Na Kim, aged 23
29 November 2004 , Lance Corporal Blake A. Magaoay, aged 20
19 April 2005 , Specialist Kevin Scott Kanani Wessel, aged 20
8 July 2005 , Sergeant Deyson Ken Cariaga, aged 20
1 November 2005 , Staff Sergeant Daniel Akio Tsue, aged 27
20 January 2007 , Specialist Toby Richard Michael Olse, aged 28
14 June 2007 , Sergeant Derek T. Roberts, aged 24
9 September 2007 , Sergeant Alexander Udarbe Gagalac, aged 28
31 December 2007 , Petty Officer 1st Class Victor Walter Jeffries, aged 52
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- Text: Kaj Metz & Fedor de Vries
- Photos: Dick Gerressen