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Carving installed to honor ROTC members killed in war

By Ben Wood

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, May 16, 2014

~~<p>A 12-FOOT monkeypod carving of a Polynesian warrior and spear was installed at the University of Hawaii ROTC complex May 9 in honor of 14 UH former cadets and two former instructors who lost their lives in wars. Families of those lost were also honored at the ceremony. Retired Army Col. <strong>Ed Gaya&shy;gas</strong>, attorney <strong>Allen Hoe</strong> and Army Maj. <strong>John Carson</strong>, a professor of military science, were instrumental in the proj&shy;ect. Gaya&shy;gas, a 2013 UH Distinguished Alumni Award recipient, and Hoe both served in Vietnam. Hoe's son, 1st. Lt. <strong>Nai&shy;noa K. Hoe</strong>, was killed in Iraq in 2005. The carving was by Tongan <strong>Sione</strong><strong>Tui&lsquo;one Pulotu</strong>, who received Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawai&lsquo;i's Living Treasures of Hawai&lsquo;i award for woodcarving in 2005 &hellip;</p>
<p>Gayagas' UH ROTC classmate, basketball teammate from 1957-60 under coach <strong>Al Saake</strong> and frat brother, retired Army Col. <strong>Billy Olds</strong>, is arriving home Thursday from Las Vegas to attend family milestone events. &quot;Billy and I spent a lot of time together in Nam when he was wounded and I brought him to my hospital in 1968 at Long Binh (93rd Evac. Hosp.) where I assigned a full-time nurse to him and had him fed steak, lobster and poi when I could find it,&quot; Gaya&shy;gas said this week. &quot;Instead of returning home for R &amp; R, his wounds were serious enough to warrant evacuation, he chose to remain at Long Binh for almost two months.&quot;</p>
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A 12-FOOT monkeypod carving of a Polynesian warrior and spear was installed at the University of Hawaii ROTC complex May 9 in honor of 14 UH former cadets and two former instructors who lost their lives in wars. Families of those lost were also honored at the ceremony. Retired Army Col. Ed Gaya­gas, attorney Allen Hoe and Army Maj. John Carson, a professor of military science, were instrumental in the proj­ect. Gaya­gas, a 2013 UH Distinguished Alumni Award recipient, and Hoe both served in Vietnam. Hoe's son, 1st. Lt. Nai­noa K. Hoe, was killed in Iraq in 2005. The carving was by Tongan SioneTui‘one Pulotu, who received Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawai‘i's Living Treasures of Hawai‘i award for woodcarving in 2005 …

Gayagas' UH ROTC classmate, basketball teammate from 1957-60 under coach Al Saake and frat brother, retired Army Col. Billy Olds, is arriving home Thursday from Las Vegas to attend family milestone events. "Billy and I spent a lot of time together in Nam when he was wounded and I brought him to my hospital in 1968 at Long Binh (93rd Evac. Hosp.) where I assigned a full-time nurse to him and had him fed steak, lobster and poi when I could find it," Gaya­gas said this week. "Instead of returning home for R & R, his wounds were serious enough to warrant evacuation, he chose to remain at Long Binh for almost two months." Login for more...



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