Korean War Legacy Project

Edwin Maunakea, Jr.


Edwin Maunakea Jr. enlisted in the US Army in 1942. He attended basic training and infantry training at Schofield Barracks in Hawaii and served in WWII. He remained in the Army and was sent to Korea in July 1950. He discusses his roles as part of the 298th Infantry Division, Company A. Later, he was wounded twice so was sent home where he continued serving in the Army until retirement. Today, he lives in Hawaii and is active in the KWVA.

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Attack on Pearl Harbor

Edwin Maunakea Jr. remembers what he was doing at the time of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. He tells the story about fishing as Japanese planes descended on the Harbor and waved at him. He describes what happened after the attack began.

Tags: Home front,Physical destruction

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Rescue at Nakdonggang River

Edwin Maunakea Jr. describes his rescue of a Captain during fighting at the Battle of the Pusan Perimeter. He talks about carrying the wounded soldier across the Nakdonggang River. He discusses what happened when he found medical help.

Tags: 1950 Pusan Perimeter, 8/4-9/18,Nakdonggang (River),Fear,Front lines,North Koreans

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Crash and Burn

Edwin Maunakea Jr. describes an incident when a US Navy plane crashed nearby his location. He explains his attempt to rescue the downed pilot. During the rescue attempt, he explains how he was burned by a napalm bomb that exploded on the downed plane.

Tags: Fear,Front lines,Physical destruction

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