Its over now! We saw Don go down to the ground and return back to the earth. He is safely in his final resting place; its a prime spot in the center of the cemetery next to the roadside. You don’t have to hike a hill or go over dozens of other graves. And he is very lucky to have it, especially in what is a basically full national cemetery. His spot was formerly held by an unidentified soldier who coincidentally got identified just as Don needed a final resting place. It is a spot truly meant for him.
Please stop by the cemetery office to get a map and/or have your questions answered. There is also a beautiful view point at the very top of the cemetery where you can take some panorama photos of Diamond Head, the valley, the skyline, the ocean, and the cemetery itself. As an added bonus, the pathway leading to this view point is impressively lined with all the placards dedicated to the cemetery.
We hope that you’ll visit him here some day. He is buried at:
The National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl
2177 Puowaina Drive
Honolulu, HI 96813 U.S.A.
1 (808) 532-3720
Grave Number: 383-A
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Next to his Symbol Which he Stenciled Himself, 2010
Don has always been a competitor. And proof of that was his win as the “1,000 Push Up Champion.” He won by clocking in 1,000 push ups in 27 minutes! Aside from bragging rights, he was also awarded this uniform belt attachment. Now, he will now forever be the ace.
Have you seen the stuffed animal lion named, “Jane” (see photos)? She is very important to Don and because so, she is very important to us as well. Last seen in Afghanistan. We are hopeful that she was not part of the crash that killed Don. So if you’ve seen, touched, or know anything about Jane, especially her whereabouts, please let us know.
With Don Inside a Helicopter in Afghanistan
With Don’s Pilot Friends in Afghanistan
Christiana (Don’s god daughter) misses him very much. Though at only five years old at the time of his death, she is still too young to fully understand the gravity of the situation. However, she is constantly saddened when she thinks of our loss and sometimes even teary. She briefly sings a song in tribute to the uncle she loves and tells him a final message.
I’ll See you Again by Westlife
“You will be part of me.”
“And I will forever feel your strength when I need it most.”
“You’re gone now”
“Gone but not forgotten.”
“I can’t say this to your face, but I know you’ll hear.”
“I’ll see you again.”
“You never really left.”
“I feel you are beside me.”
“I know, I’ll see you again.”
Christiana Also Tells Her Uncle Don One Final Message
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