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thedrifter
05-22-08, 09:04 AM
May 22, 2008


Monument to Marines dedicated at development

A luxury housing development in Wailea is the site of a newly dedicated monument honoring the 4th Division Marines who trained on Maui during World War II before shipping out to battles in the Pacific.

The lava-rock monument was erected on the ruins of a bunker used by the Marines that was discovered during construction of Armstrong Builders' 150-unit Kai Malu project. Developer Robert Armstrong, whose father Robert Sr., served in the Marines, said he created the monument to honor the 4th Marines Division.

A recent dedication ceremony was attended by Lt. Gen. John F. Goodman, commander of Marine Corps Forces, Pacific, and 4th Marine Division veterans.

Three plaques on the monument, located next to a walkway in the development, salute the Marines' "heroic efforts at Roi-Namur, Saipan, Tinian and Iwo Jima, which were critical to securing victory in the Pacific during World War II."

Ellie