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Cumberland Goes To War is a community heritage project coordinated and promoted by Allegany County Tourism in partnership with the Canal Place Preservation and Development Authority, the City of Cumberland, Western Maryland Scenic Railroad and the Allegany County Chamber of Commerce. Funded in part by the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority, the Allegany County Commissioners and the City of Cumberland. More information about the project and/or the images in the archive can be obtained by emailing info@cumberlandgoestowar.com.


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Also on the island of Oahu is Punchbowl, the National Cemetery of the Pacific. The Hawaiian name for this place is Puowaina, "Hill of Sacrifice". It is believed that in ancient times a heiau existed at this site and that the bodies of kapu breakers were brought to this place. Punchbowl is bowl-shaped crater of an extinct volcano.
Punchbowl is now the site of the 115 acre National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. The remains of the ancient Hawaiians now share the land with the bodies of over 38,000 soldiers, more than half of whom died in the Pacific arena during World War II. The graves are marked by small plaques in the ground marked by the occasional lei of a visiting friend or relative.
This is a truly beautiful and moving place. There is a huge memorial featuring eight marble courts which contain the names of 26,280 Americans missing in action from World War II and the Korean War. Two additional areas now list the names of 2503 soldiers missing from the Vietnam War.
At the top of the long flight of steps sits the monument itself, built in 1966. At the top of the marble staircase stands the statue of a woman, a woman of peace and of liberty towering above you.
Extending from each side of this statue are walls etched with maps of the many campaigns of the Pacific, Pearl Harbor, Wake, Coral Sea, Midway, New Guinea and the Solomons, Iwo Jima, the Gilbert Islands, Okinawa as well as Korea. At the center behind the statute is an interdenominational chapel for Christians, Jews and Buddhists alike. This ground is sacred to both the native Hawaiians and to the families of the non-Hawaiians buried here.
Among the names listed is 2nd Lt. Donald Hoffman, killed in the Korean War. The photo above shows a rubbing of his name taken from the monument.
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