JOHN K KAUHAIHAO
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HONORED ON PANEL 18W, LINE 40 OF THE WALL

JOHN KUULEI KAUHAIHAO

WALL NAME

JOHN K KAUHAIHAO

PANEL / LINE

18W/40

DATE OF BIRTH

04/17/1942

CASUALTY PROVINCE

TAY NINH

DATE OF CASUALTY

09/05/1969

HOME OF RECORD

HONAUNAU

COUNTY OF RECORD

Hawaii County

STATE

HI

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

1LT

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REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR JOHN KUULEI KAUHAIHAO
POSTED ON 11.6.2019
POSTED BY: Lucy Micik

Thank You

Dear Lt John Kauhaihao, Thank you for your service as an Infantry Unit Commander with the 1st Cavalry. Saying thank you isn't enough, but it is from the heart. Veterans’ Day is next week. The time passes quickly. Please watch over America, it stills needs your strength, courage and faithfulness. Rest in peace with the angels.
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POSTED ON 9.5.2018
POSTED BY: Janice Current

An American Hero

Thank you for your service and your sacrifice. Thank you for stepping up and answering your country's call. Rest easy knowing you will never be forgotten.
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POSTED ON 11.19.2014
POSTED BY: Mike Self

Friend of John

John was one of my best friends. I was on the ground with him the day he died. There was no man as brave and humble as he. He loved his children and talked often of them. He was so proud. He served as my platoon leader before moving to a sister platoon, we spent many days and nights together. When he became platoon leader of Aztec platoon, I took over as platoon leader of Cheyenne. It was my responsibility on Sept. 5th, to get him evacuated on that fateful day. My prayers have been for his family for 45 years. What a man, and what a leader he was. He saved so many lives that day with his actions.
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POSTED ON 9.4.2013
POSTED BY: Curt Carter

Remembering An American Hero

Dear 1LT John Kuulei Kauhaihao, sir

As an American, I would like to thank you for your service and for your sacrifice made on behalf of our wonderful country. The youth of today could gain much by learning of heroes such as yourself, men and women whose courage and heart can never be questioned.

May God allow you to read this, and may He allow me to someday shake your hand when I get to Heaven to personally thank you. May he also allow my father to find you and shake your hand now to say thank you; for America, and for those who love you.

With respect, and the best salute a civilian can muster for you, Sir

Curt Carter
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POSTED ON 9.5.2012
POSTED BY: A Vietnam Vet.

Distinguished Service Cross Citation

Distinguished Service Cross



Awarded posthumously for actions during the Vietnam War



The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918 (amended by act of July 25, 1963), takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to First Lieutenant (Infantry) John Kuulei Kauhaihao, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations involving conflict with an armed hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam, while serving with Company B, 2d Battalion, 8th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile). First Lieutenant Kauhaihao distinguished himself during a reconnaissance-in-force operation in Tay Ninh Province. He was leading his platoon over thick jungle terrain at the point of their company when they were fired upon by a battalion-size force of North Vietnamese regulars occupying bunker fortifications. Lieutenant Kauhaihao quickly directed his men to cover behind several large, bamboo covered dirt mounds. As the rest of the company moved up to lend supporting fire to the pinned down point element, they were caught in a crossfire from flanking enemy bunkers. Seizing upon a momentary lull in the exchange of fire, Lieutenant Kauhaihao then hacked an opening through the bamboo growing over the dirt mound behind which he took cover. In the next fifteen minutes, he hurled more than thirty hand grenades through this opening at the enemy bunkers. In so doing, Lieutenant Kauhaihao drew enemy fire on himself again and again so that his men could sight enemy gunners and bring them under suppressive fire. Lieutenant Kauhaihao then directed the withdrawal of his battered point element. Crawling over a hundred meters of fire-swept terrain, he dragged vital equipment to the rear and helped wounded soldiers to a position of safety. While rejoining his men to the company's main force, Lieutenant Kauhaihao sighted an enemy squad moving up on his tattered platoon. As he advanced to engage the approaching enemy, Lieutenant Kauhaihao was morally wounded by enemy fire. First Lieutenant Kauhaihao's extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty, at the cost of his life, were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.



General Orders: Headquarters, U.S. Army, Vietnam, General Orders No. 1047 (May 4, 1970)



Action Date: September 5, 1969



Service: Army



Rank: First Lieutenant



Company: Company B



Battalion: 2d Battalion



Regiment: 8th Cavalry Regiment



Division: 1st Cavalry Division

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