Remembering Vietnam Veterans

Joey Fernandez of Wailuku (left, first photo) salutes after placing a candle on the stand in honor of a Maui Vietnam War veteran killed in action, following the ringing of a bell by Navy veteran Karl Calleon of Pukalani. The annual candlelight memorial ceremony took place Monday evening at the pavilion outside the War Memorial Gym.

Second photo: Army Reserve Maj. Faasaviliga Tafao places a commemorative pin on 81-year-old Guillermo Sarocam of Lanai in honor of Sarocam’s brother, Joseph Sarocam, who was killed while serving in the Army in Vietnam in 1967. Representatives from all of the Gold Star families present received a pin. Guillermo Sarocam and his family have flown to Maui every year for the past five years to honor his brother.

Third photo: Wailea resident Janna Hoehn (from left) and U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, a veteran of the Army National Guard, stand for the posting of the colors. Hoehn spent years uncovering photographs of all 277 Hawaii Vietnam veterans killed in action, and has so far found more than 6,000 who died in the conflict.­

The Maui News / COLLEEN UECHI photos


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