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    National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl) Hawaii United States
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Location
2177 Puowaina Drive
Honolulu, HI 96813-1729
Tel: +1 808-532-3720
Fax: +1 808-532-3756
Cemetery Hours: 8:00am to 6:00pm everyday
Office Hours: 8:00am to 4:30pm M-F, closed federal holidays

The National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific is also known as "Punchbowl", "Honolulu Cemetery" or "Honolulu Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific". From this location, there are panoramic views of Honolulu and southern Oahu (O'ahu) including Diamond Head. Overlooked by the statue of Columbia a 30' female figure. Forty-eight banyan trees represent each of U. S. states (during WWII) that were donated by China.

The cemetery is administered by the U. S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and has 33,230 graves, second only in size to the Manila American Cemetery. Among the graves is civilian war correspondent Ernest Taylor "Ernie" Pyle, killed April 18, 1945 reporting from Ie Shima who is buried at Plot D, Row 0 Grave 109.

Unknown Graves
The cemetery include unknown graves that contain the remains of American servicemen that were recovered, but were not able to be identified during the war. In recent years, these some of unknown graves have been exhumed and the remains tested and identified by the Department of Defense (DoD) and are now identified. Many of these unknowns were Americans killed during the December 7, 1941 attack whose bodies were later recovered from USS Arizona and USS Oklahoma. Also, unknown American remains recovered from the Pacific.

Honolulu Memorial (Court of the Missing)
The Honolulu Memorial is located inside The National Memorial Cemetery and is administered by the American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC). Also known as the "court of the missing" or "courts of the missing". The memorial consists of eight Italian trani limestone panels with the names of 18,094 Missing In Action (MIA) from World War II. Also memorialized are 8,200 American missing from the Korean War and 2,504 Americans missing from the Vietnam War. Note, those missing in the Southwest Pacific Area are memorialized on the tablets of the missing at Manila American Cemetery. The list of names for the court of the missing was finalized around 1966. The names of Congressional Medal of Honor recipients have a gold inlay. Rosettes are added to the names of those who were accounted for and no longer missing. During 2017–2018 a major renovation repaired and restored the Honolulu Memorial.

References
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Honolulu Memorial official website
U. S. Department of Veterans Affairs - National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific official website
U. S. Department of Veterans Affairs - National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific Map [PDF] November 2017
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Major Renovation Project Underway at Honolulu Memorial

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