Lat 21° 30' 8N Long 158° 1' 16W Wahiawā is located at an elevation of 928' / 282m in the Wahiawa District on the plateau between the two volcanic mountains in roughly the center of Oahu in Hawaii in the United States. In the Hawaiian language, wahi a wā means "place of noise". Also spelled Wahiawa.
Kolekole Pass is located on central Oahu on the property of
Schofield Barracks. On December 7, 1941 during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and Oahu, Japanese aircraft did not fly through Kolekole Pass. Postwar movies incorrectly portray Japanese aircraft using Kolekole Pass.
The post was established in 1908 to provide mobile defense of Pearl Harbor and the entire island. It has been the home of the 25th Infantry Division, known as the Tropic Lightning Division, since 1941 as well as the headquarters for United States Army Hawaii (USARHAW).
Lat 21°29′52″N Long 158°3′48″W Schofield Barracks was established in 1908 as a U. S. Army base tasked with defending Ohau. On the property is the Kolekole
Pass. On October 1, 1941, the 25th Infantry Division "Tropical Lighting" was activated at Schofield Barracks. Named in honor of U. S. Army Lieutenant General John McAllister Schofield, who was the Commanding General United States Army August 1888 until September 1895 and served in Hawaii during 1872 and recommended establishing a Naval base at Pearl Harbor.
On December 7, 1941 Japanese aircraft did attack Schofield Barracks but was not a primary target. Still in by the U. S. Army and home to the 25th Infantry Division. Also, the headquarters for United States Army Hawaii (USARHAW). Today part of the U. S Army Garrison Hawaii that includes Fort Shafter, Fort Shafter Flats, Pililaau Army Recreation Center, Schofield Barracks, Tripler Army Medical Center or Wheeler Army Airfield.
Infantry Division Museum (Tropical Lightning Museum)
The 25th Infantry Division Museum (Tropical Lightning Museum Museum) is devoted to the history of the 25th Infantry Division "Tropical Lightning" that fought on Guadalcanal, Leyte, Korea and
Vietnam. The museum features war relics, photographs and exhibits about the unit. A free walking tour of twenty wartime sites
at the base is available from the museum. Nearby is the 27th Infantry Regiment Museum.
Built prewar across from Schofield Barracks, still in use today as a military base
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October 23, 2019