Ewa Battlefield

Monday, January 21, 2019

MCAS Ewa Battle of Midway; Historic Airfield Park Preservation Plans

MCAS Ewa Battle of Midway; Historic Airfield Park Preservation Plans

By Ewa Field Historian John Bond


I am rounding up organizations that I believe should be involved in this Ewa Battlefield park preservation plan currently underway. The National Museum of the Marine Corps should be a consulting party.

I am setting up some meetings out here by Ewa Field for next week. The consultation project is being funded by Hunt Corp of Texas. $20,000 will also be available for future armed service and veterans commemorations which would include the 1942 Battle of Midway and 1941 Pearl Harbor attack.

This will be my third meeting with Bob Nardi. The proposed maps of preservation areas being considered can be found here: https://www.ewabattlefield.com/home
The pre-MCAS Ewa Field was NAS Ewa in early 1942 when NAS Barbers Point was still under construction. NAS Ewa supported the Doolittle Raid and also supplied many of the aircraft for Coral Sea and Midway battles where many were shot down, including Torpedo Squadron 8. Ewa was also a base for Navy aces like Jimmie Thach, Butch OHare, and the famous Cactus Air Force Guadalcanal pilots.

The Battle of Midway movie will be coming out on Veterans Day 2019 with a $150 million production budget.

Many have also forgotten the Enterprise SBD’s shot down by Zeros by Ewa Field before the attack on Pearl Harbor. Some survivors landed at Ewa Field, as is documented.

MCAS Ewa as an historic memorial park should have permanent memorials to the many lost Navy and Marine airmen that flew from Ewa Field in 1942. Army aviation and AA units also operated from the 1942 airfield.

John Bond
Save Ewa Field

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The area once known as Ewa Field, and later as Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS), Ewa, has a rich history, due largely to its association with the Japanese attack on Hawaii. The association with the battle, and the events before and after December 7, 1941, resulted in listing the Ewa Field Battlefield on the National Register of Historic Places.

Louis Berger U.S., Inc., in association with AHL, is preparing a Battlefield Preservation Plan for the area comprising Ewa Field to define an overall vision for preserving the battlefield among other goals and objectives.

However, developing a Battlefield Preservation Plan can only be successful by engaging with the agencies, organizations and individuals who have devoted themselves to honoring the men and women associated with the December 7, 1941 battle.

Since starting the planning process, introductions have been made and dialogues initiated among many to identify common goals and objectives and the means to achieve such goals.

The attached “Preserving the Ewa Field Battlefield” newsletter and new website https://www.ewabattlefield.com/home) have been developed to facilitate the conversation about the Ewa Field Battlefield Preservation Plan.

Additional information about progress in drafting the plan will be shared over the coming weeks and posted to the website. In the meantime, please feel free to reach out to share your thoughts and ideas. 

Robert J. Nardi,                     
Bob Nardi, PP
Vice President
 Louis Berger U.S., Inc.

Friday, November 17, 2017

2016 Ewa Battlefield Commemoration - 75th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor Attack

2016 Ewa Battlefield Commemoration - 75th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor Attack

This was the 9th annual Ewa Field commemoration which goes back to 2008

Ewa Battlefield Commemoration director-historian John Bond, ewabond@gmail.com


We're on the way to Ewa Field

Ewa Field, a rural airfield defended by US Marines on Dec. 7, 1941

Japanese 7.7 mm strafing marks are still found on the concrete ramp

Marines died in combat in 1941 defending the current annual commemoration site

Historic planes from the aviation community fly over in respect

T-6 in Navy SNJ markings  https://pearlharborwarbirds.com/


Ewa Battlefield was placed on the National Historic Register in May, 2016

Hawaiian blessing by Ewa kumu Michael Kumukauoha Lee

Every year residents and visitors turn out to experience history in Ewa-Kapolei

In 1969 Ewa Field played a large movie location role in "Tora, Tora, Tora"

The commemoration parking lot is the site of the Ewa Field hangar building

 Police security was provided in 2016 because of big tours and many attending VIP's

Ewa Field veteran John Hughes was later an SBD combat pilot and Korean War pilot


Major John Hughes, USMC (Ret.) is an annual Guest of Honor

Ewa Villages December 7 veteran Simon Nasario recently passed in 2017

NPS WW-II Pearl Harbor historian Daniel Martinez provides historic insights

Col. Jason Seal, USMC (Ret.) leader of the Kapolei HS MC JROTC program

Classic cars remind attendees that Ewa Field's naval aviation history goes back to 1925

The Hickam AFB Honor Guard provide Ewa Commemoration annual rifle salute

Kapolei High School Marine Corps Junior Reserve Officer Training Corp flag detail 



Veterans, Kapolei MC JROTC and First Lady Dawn Ige (from Ewa Villages)

Another great annual Ewa Battlefield Commemoration ends in photos and reflections

 Thanks to those who every year turn out to keep the commemoration area cleaned up

US Marine Corps Pilots Sacrificed: Ewa Field Was America's Front Lines In Early Pacific War

75th Anniversary Ewa Battlefield Nomination And Photo Archive Available

One'ula Beach: The Ewa Location Of Historic December 7, 1941 Air Photos By Lee Embree From Army Boeing B-17

75th Anniversary of December 7, 1941 - Ewa Battlefield still has many undocumented historic sites

Famous 369th Regiment Provided WW-II Anti-Aircraft Defense For MCAS Ewa

Hawaii’s Top Secret Japanese Prisoner of War Camp – Camp Iroquois, Ewa Beach


Tour of December 7, 1941 Ewa Field, US Navy SBD And Japanese Aichi Val Crash Sites