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U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific

In Any Clime and Place

Republic of Korea Marine Commandant honors fallen heroes

By Lance Cpl. Cristina Noelia Gil | | January 19, 2009

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Lt. Gen. Lee Hong Hee (front, center), commandant of the Republic of Korea Marine Corps, Alan Sumitomo (left), cemetery support and Lt. Col. Ahn Byong-Hyun (right) render a salute in honor of the fallen heroes of the Korean War during a ceremony at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl) here Jan. 19.

Lt. Gen. Lee Hong Hee (front, center), commandant of the Republic of Korea Marine Corps, Alan Sumitomo (left), cemetery support and Lt. Col. Ahn Byong-Hyun (right) render a salute in honor of the fallen heroes of the Korean War during a ceremony at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl) here Jan. 19. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Cristina Noelia Gil)


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Lt. Gen. Lee Hong Hee, commandant of the Republic of Korea Marine Corps, lays a wreath in honor of the fallen heroes who fought for his country more than 50 years ago at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl) here Jan. 19. It is customary for the commandant to honor those who fought in the Korean War during their first official visit to Hawaii.

Lt. Gen. Lee Hong Hee, commandant of the Republic of Korea Marine Corps, lays a wreath in honor of the fallen heroes who fought for his country more than 50 years ago at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl) here Jan. 19. It is customary for the commandant to honor those who fought in the Korean War during their first official visit to Hawaii. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Cristina Noelia Gil)


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Lt. Gen. Lee Hong Hee, commandant of the Republic of Korea Marine Corps, expresses his gratitude to Korean War veterans during a wreath laying ceremony in honor of the fallen at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl) here Jan. 19.

Lt. Gen. Lee Hong Hee, commandant of the Republic of Korea Marine Corps, expresses his gratitude to Korean War veterans during a wreath laying ceremony in honor of the fallen at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl) here Jan. 19. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Cristina Noelia Gil)


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Lt. Gen. Lee Hong Hee, commandant of the Republic of Korea Marine Corps, signs an official guest book commemorating his visit to pay tribute to fallen service members who fought for his country more than 50 years agoat the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl) here Jan. 19.

Lt. Gen. Lee Hong Hee, commandant of the Republic of Korea Marine Corps, signs an official guest book commemorating his visit to pay tribute to fallen service members who fought for his country more than 50 years agoat the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl) here Jan. 19. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Cristina Noelia Gil)


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The commandant of the Republic of Korea Marine Corps, Lt. Gen. Lee Hong Hee (front, center), and an official party bow their heads in tribute to fallen service members who fought for his country more than 50 years ago.

The commandant of the Republic of Korea Marine Corps, Lt. Gen. Lee Hong Hee (front, center), and an official party bow their heads in tribute to fallen service members who fought for his country more than 50 years ago. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Cristina Noelia Gil)


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HONOLULU -- The commandant of the Republic of Korea Marine Corps, Lt. Gen. Lee Hong Hee, paid tribute to the service members who gave their lives in defense of his country against an oppressive regime more than 50 years ago during a wreath laying ceremony at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl) here Jan. 19.

U.S. Marines provided a color guard, displaying the Republic of Korea flag along with the American colors.

After laying the wreath, Lee and other high-ranking guests bowed their heads out of respect to the fallen heroes. He also took the time to personally thank the Korean War veterans in attendance and expressed his gratitude for their sacrifices and presented them with hats embroidered with “Invincible Marines.”

Among these veterans was James Ward, a former Marine sergeant and past-president of the Chosin Few, Aloha Chapter, who expressed his gratitude to the Commandant for honoring him and his brothers-in-arms.

“It’s a privilege for those of us who were there to have General Lee here and we are honored by his visit,” said Ward. “His country has done nothing but pay us the utmost respect for helping them.”

To close the ceremony, Lee signed the official guest book commemorating his visit, which is a tradition for official guests who come to pay their respects.

On his first official visit to Hawaii, Lee is meeting with key U.S. officials to discuss and strengthen military ties.